The Red Sea helicopter crash details emerge and it is believed that a very large wave played a part in the helicopter falling off the ship and into the Red Sea. According to Stars and Strips Magazine on Sept. 24, the helicopter had landed, which is different than initial reports that put the copter attempting to land at the time it went overboard.
Three passengers had exited the helicopter when a large wave hit the ship and appeared to have jarred the copter over the side. Two crew members were still in the copter when it went overboard.
The Department of Defense have identified the two crew members still missing and presumed dead.
Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., were inside the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter when it went overboard into the central Red Sea. This happened after the copter had landed on the deck of the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.
The search for the two men has been suspended as the probability of finding the men alive is "extremely unlikely" after all this time. The Department of Defense released a statement saying that the sailors died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.