The US Navy says it has recovered the wreckage of the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter that crashed on August 31, during routine operations with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
The crash occurred approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego, claiming the lives of five crewmembers. One crewmember was rescued immediately after the crash.
The wreckage, along with five human remains, was recovered on October 8, from a depth of approximately 5,300-feet, the navy said.
A team from the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) embarked on the multi-purpose service vessel HOS Bayou was responsible for the operation.
The Bayou arrived at Naval Air Station North Island on October 10, and the remains recovered from the crash were transferred to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for identification.
The navy previously identified the sailors who lost their lives in the incident. They were between 21 and 31 years of age at the time of the accident.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.