Six crew members aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter experienced a remarkable survival after their aircraft crashed into San Diego Bay on Thursday evening, as reported by various sources.
Navy Cmdr. Beth Teach, a spokesperson for the Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet, confirmed to Fox 5 San Diego that the MH-60R helicopter impacted the water around 6:40 p.m. The helicopter was engaged in routine training at the time of the incident.
“Due to the nature of the training, a safety boat was on location and, with the assistance of Federal Fire, all six crew members survived and were promptly moved ashore,” Teach said. “All personnel are undergoing medical evaluation at this time.”
Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the crash. The U.S. Coast Guard is present at the scene, providing assistance with the ongoing incident.
The helicopter, based at Naval Air Station North Island, belongs to HSM-41, a squadron designated for “fleet replacement” or training purposes.
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