Two personnel are still missing following a crash of a Sunday crash of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter into the Red Sea, according to a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.
The Knighthawk crashed with five people onboard — according to the statement — and “three personnel are accounted for and stable. Search efforts continue for two remaining personnel.”
The Knighthawk was from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 operating from guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110).
The helicopter was part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, currently on station in the Red Sea as a contingency force in case of military action in Syria.
The crash was not due to “hostile activity,” according to 5th Fleet.
USS Nimitz (CVN-68), William P. Lawrence, USS Princeton (CG-59), USS Shoup (DDG-86), USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7) as well as MH-60S Knighthawks from HSC-6, and MH-60R Seahawks from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 and one P-3 from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 all assisted in the search and rescue effort.