1 rescued, 5 missing after Navy helicopter crashes off California

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MH-60S Seahawk helicopter performing routine flight operation, Atlantic Ocean, July 4, 2018. Image courtesy Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Gooley / USS Harry S Truman. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

MYSTERY WIRE (SAN DIEGO) — Five people were missing after a U.S. Navy helicopter crashed Tuesday in the ocean off Southern California during a routine flight from an aircraft carrier, military officials said.

A search and rescue operation was launched after the MH-60S helicopter crashed around 4:30 p.m. about 60 nautical miles off San Diego, the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet said in an initial statement.

Officials later said that one crewmember had been rescued and “search efforts continue for five additional crewmembers.”

MH-60S Seahawk helicopter performing routine flight operation, Atlantic Ocean, July 4, 2018. Image courtesy Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Gooley / USS Harry S Truman. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

The crash happened while the aircraft was “conducting routine flight operations,” according to the Navy. It had been aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets,” the tweet said.

No other details were immediately available.

The MH-60S is a versatile aircraft that typically carries a crew of about four and is used in missions including combat support, humanitarian disaster relief and search and rescue.

HONG KONG, HONG KONG – APRIL 20: Navy crew members stand next to a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk on deck of the USS Blue Ridge during a port call on April 20, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. USS Blue Ridge is the first of the two Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ships of the United States Navy, and is the command ship of the Seventh Fleet.(Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

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