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Navy halts search for 2 missing airmen in Red Sea

Sep. 23, 2013 - 06:07PM   |  
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MANAMA, BAHRAIN — The Navy says it has suspended the search for two missing airmen after a helicopter crash in the Red Sea. Three other crew members were rescued earlier.

A Navy statement Monday said officials determined the chance of survival was now considered “extremely unlikely” following Sunday’s crash.

The MH-60S Knighthawk went down in the central Red Sea while operating with the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.

The Knighthawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, went down Sunday while operating with the guided-missile destroyer William P. Lawrence. The names of the missing airmen were not immediately released.

The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says aircraft and vessels took part in the search. It said the crash was under investigation, but no hostile action was involved.

Navy Times staff contributed to this report.

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