Five crew members of a Navy MH-60S were killed Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, when the helicopter crashed roughly 60 miles off the coast of San Diego. Photos courtesy of the US Navy.
The US Navy released on Sunday the names of five Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 crew members who were killed in a crash off the coast of San Diego Tuesday, Aug. 31. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, but according to the Navy, the MH-60S helicopter crashed during routine training while embarked aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Several other Lincoln crew members were injured in the incident, according to the Navy, but the Navy did not release any details of the crash.
One of the helicopter’s crew members was rescued from the crash site. The Navy conducted four days of search and rescue efforts before announcing the transition to recovery operations Saturday.
Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland
Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California
Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri
Dustin Jones is a former senior staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine covering military and intelligence news. Jones served four years in the Marine Corps with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He studied journalism at the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter in Southwest Montana and at NPR. A New Hampshire native, Dustin currently resides in Southern California.
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