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CORONADO, Calif. — The Navy Tuesday identified two helicopter crew members killed when a Coronado-based MH-60S Knighthawk crashed Sunday in the Red Sea.

The victims were Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, 35, of Lompoc, and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., the Navy reported.

naval base san diegoThe chopper, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 at Naval Air Station North Island, crashed while the pilot was trying to land on deck of the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence and was not related to “any sort of hostile activity,” Navy officials said.

Three of the helicopter’s five crew members were “accounted for and stable” following the crash, according to the Navy.

Searchers combed the area in boats and aircraft to no avail. The search was called off Monday when it became apparent that the odds of survivability were low, according to the Navy.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the William P. Lawrence, along with USS Princeton, USS Shoup, USS Stockdale and USNS Rainier, were involved in the search efforts, as were Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft, according to the Navy.

The vessels are part of a buildup of U.S. military forces in the region that started after the regime in nearby Syria attacked a suburb of the capital of Damascus with chemical weapons on Aug. 21, killing 1,429 people.

SeaHawkSAN DIEGO — The Navy Monday suspended a search of the Red Sea for two helicopter crew members aboard a San Diego-based MH-60S Nighthawk that crashed Sunday.

Navy officials said they concluded “aircrew survivability was extremely unlikely,” given the time that had passed since the accident off the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

The chopper, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 at Naval Air Station North Island, crashed while the pilot trying to land on deck of the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence, officials said. Both deployed with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in January.

The crash was not related to “any sort of hostile activity,” Navy officials said.

Three of the helicopter’s five crew members were “accounted for and stable” following the crash, according to the Navy. Searchers combed the area in boats and aircraft to no avail.

The Nimitz and the William P. Lawrence, along with USS Princeton, USS Shoup, USS Stockdale and USNS Rainier were involved in the search efforts, as were Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft, according to the Navy

The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group was providing aircraft and small boats for search and rescue assistance, according to the Navy.

Three of the five people aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea have been rescued. and efforts to find the other two are continuing, the Navy said Sunday.

SeaHawkThe three who were rescued are in stable condition, the Navy said.

The MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 from North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, was operating from the guided-missile destroyer William Lawrence when it crashed.

Ships from the carrier Nimitz strike group are assisting in the search and rescue effort, including the San Diego-based Lawrence.

One woman whose daughter is on the Nimitz, says her heart dropped when she heard of the incident.

“Whenever I (hear) about an accident like that, I just pray right away.”

The crash was not due to hostile action, the Navy’s 5th Fleet said.

The Nimitz strike group was ordered into the Red Sea amid tension between the U.S. and Syria over the use of chemical weapons during the Syrian civil war.

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