Oregon sailor killed when helicopter crashes in Red Sea

Oregon sailor killed when helicopter crashes in Red Sea
An MH-60S helicopter similar to the one that crashed on Sunday flies over the USS Nimitz in the Red Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett)

An Oregon man was among two sailors killed when their helicopter crashed in the Red Sea.

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson of Aurora, Ore. was a crew member on an MH-60S helicopter that crashed on Sunday.

There were five total crew members on board, according to a Navy spokesperson. Three crew members were safely pulled from the water after the crash, but Gibson and another man could not be found.

Rescuers in the air and water searched for the two, but called off their mission a day later when they determined that the chance of survival was “extremely unlikely.”

The Navy said officials know where the helicopter went down and searched an “extensive area” around the site for about 26 hours after the crash without turning up anything.

The other sailor killed was identified as Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif. Both men were stationed at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

The helicopter crew was in the Red Sea operating with the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, although the Navy did say that “the crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report