SAN DIEGO — Three members of the crew of a Navy helicopter were missing late Sunday after it crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on military exercises, authorities said. Three others were rescued.
The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. about 18 miles southwest of Camp Pendleton as the UH-1N Huey radioed that it was going down, Marine Capt. Chris Gillette said.
The helicopter was en route from San Diego to its home ship, the Long Beach-based amphibious assault ship Peleliu, and was about 3 miles from the ship when it encountered trouble.
Three crewmen--two pilots and a crew chief--along with three passengers were on board when the helicopter went down, authorities said.
One pilot was apparently among the three survivors transported to the Balboa Navy Hospital in San Diego.
One of those rescued was listed in serious condition with a head injury. The other two reportedly suffered minor injuries, Gillette said.