Navy Identified 5 Sailors Killed in Helicopter Crash

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The US Navy identified 5 Sailors killed in the southern California helicopter crash on Tuesday last week. The crash occurred on Tuesday, August 31st, at around 4:30 p.m. local time. At least one other crew member aboard the aircraft was rescued. The bodies of the others remain missing after an exhaustive effort that involved ”34 search and rescue flights, over 170 hours of flight time, with 5 search helicopters and constant surface vessel search.” (The Epoch Times) The Navy declared them deceased after the search proved unsuccessful.

The MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron. It crashed about 60 nautical miles off the coast near San Diego while participating in a ”routine flight operations.” The aircraft was aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln at the time of the crash. Several crew members of the aircraft carrier were also injured by the helicopter incident.

The Sailor who was rescued from the aircraft was transported ashore and is in stable condition. The aircraft, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, was operating on deck before crashing into the sea. Five additional Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln suffered injuries in the incident and are in stable condition. Two of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors were transported ashore for treatment, while three of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors had minimal injuries and remain aboard the ship. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

Third Fleet release

The Navy identified 5 Sailors as Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland; and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri. (DVIDShub)

According to the Military Times, the Navy identified 5 Sailors, but did not identify the one who is in stable condition.

Originally from St. Louis, Tucker arrived at HSC-8 in late June, his first assignment out of training, according to the Navy.

Burns hailed from Severna Park, Maryland, and had been with the squadron since November.

Buriak was a Salem, Virginia, native, and had been assigned to the unit for nearly three years.

One of the two pilots, Fridley, was from Annandale, Virginia, and arrived at the squadron in 2018, his first assignment out of training.

The other pilot, Foster, was originally from Oakhurst, California, and had been with HSC-8 since January 2019.

Military Times


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