2 killed in Navy helicopter crash ID’d

2 killed in Navy helicopter crash ID’d


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.

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