US Navy helicopter, human remains recovered off California

US Navy helicopter, human remains recovered off California
The remains of five people and the wreckage of a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the ocean off California have been recovered

The remains of five people and the wreckage of a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the 太平洋 离开 加利福尼亚州 have been recovered, the Navy said in a statement Tuesday.

The MH-60S helicopter, its two pilots and three other sailors were lost in an Aug. 31 accident about 69 英里 (111 公里) off the San Diego coast.

A salvage team aboard the multipurpose vessel HOS Bayou made the recovery from a depth of about 5,300 脚 (1,615 meters) 在周五, the Navy said.

The Bayou arrived at Naval Station North Island in San Diego Bay on Sunday and the human remains were sent to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for identification.

The helicopter was operating from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln when its rotor hit the flight deck and the aircraft fell into the ocean. One crew member was rescued immediately after the crash.

A search for any other survivors went on for nearly a week before the Navy declared the missing sailors dead.

They were Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, 加利福尼亚州; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, 弗吉尼亚州; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, 弗吉尼亚州; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, 马里兰州; and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. 路易斯, 密苏里州.

The Navy said the investigation of the crash is continuing.

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