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Navy recovers wreckage from helicopter that crashed in August, plus human remains

The Navy recovered the wreckage of a deadly helicopter that crushed in August off San Diego, the Naval Air Forces public affairs office said Tuesday. Five human remains were also recovered and transferred to Dover Air Base for official identification.

A team of Naval Sea Systems Command’s Rescue and Dive Supervisor recovered the remains and wreckage Oct. 8 off the coast of San Diego, the Navy said.

On August 31, the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed while “performing routine flight operations” off the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, according to the Navy. The helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean about 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego. One crew member was rescued and five are missing. Five other sailors were injured on the deck of the aircraft carrier.

The Navy and Coast Guard began a search and rescue operation shortly after the crash. In September, the Navy identified the five sailors who were killed in the crash.

The victims of the accident were identified as Lt. Bradley Foster, 29; Lieutenant Paul Fridley, 28, Naval Air Crewman (helicopter) 2nd Class James Buriak, 31; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah Burns, 31; and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21.

An investigation into the fatal incident is still ongoing.