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Navy helicopter crashes, search called for two missing

Two helicopter crew members from the USS William P. Lawrence are still missing after the aircraft crashed on the ship's deck and rolled into the Red Sea.

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GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transits the Pacific Ocean during a photo exercise. The Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carla Ocampo/Released)
The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transits the Pacific Ocean during a photo exercise. The Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carla Ocampo/Released)

A helicopter crash on the deck of a naval destroyer stationed in the Red Sea left three of its crew members injured and two were still missing Monday.

The U.S. Navy helicopter, a MH-60S Knighthawk, was attempting to land aboard the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence Sunday when it slammed into the deck and rolled off into the sea.

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Officials said they believe a wave under the bow of the destroyer caused the deck to pitch suddenly upward, causing the crash.

Search and rescue efforts located three of the helicopter's San Diego-based crew, and all three are reported as in good condition. Two others have not been located, and officials are preparing to call off the search.

The Navy is withholding the identities of the five injured and missing. An official said no hostile activity was involved in the crash.

The USS William P. Lawrence was deployed as part of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in January, which is currently on standby for a potential military strike against Syria.

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