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.
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.