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US Navy identifies sailors killed in MH-60S helicopter crash

MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, flies near the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) during a vertical replenishment March 15, 2021.
US Navy file photo

The US Navy has released the names of the five sailors who lost their lives in the crash of an MH-60S helicopter on August 31.

The helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 was operating from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln at the time of the incident.

Another five sailors on the ship suffered injuries in the accident, with two transferred ashore for treatment.

One crewmember of the crashed helicopter was rescued shortly after the accident.

The service transitioned from search and rescue efforts to recovery operations on September 4, after more than 72 hours of coordinated rescue efforts encompassing 34 search and rescue flights, over 170 hours of flight time, with five search helicopters and constant surface vessel search.

According to the navy, the deceased sailors were between 21 and 31 years of age.

US Navy file photo of Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California. Foster was one of five sailors killed when the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego.
US Navy file photo of Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia. 
File photo of Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia, wife Megan, and son Caulder. 
US Navy file photo of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland.
US Navy file photo of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.