Identity of five US Navy sailors killed in San Diego helicopter crash released

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Navy released the identities of the five sailors who were killed when their helicopter crashed off the coast of San Diego on August 31. The MH-60S was operating from the USS Abraham Lincoln. One sailor survived the crash and is recovering. Despite days of searching, the sailors were declared dead on Saturday, September 4.  

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of five sailors and those injured following the MH-60S helicopter tragedy off the coast of southern California. We stand alongside their families, loved ones and shipmates who grieve.”  

The names of the five crew members are: 

Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, pilot from Oakhurst, California  (Photo from Navytimes.com)
Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, pilot from Annandale, Virginia  (Photo from Navytimes.com)
Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia  (Photo from Navytimes.com)
2nd Class Sarah F. Burns  (Photo from Navytimes.com)
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri   (Photo from Navytimes.com)

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