The Navy said in a statement Tuesday that the remains of five people and the wreckage of a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean near California have been recovered.
The MH-60S helicopter, its two pilots and three other sailors were lost in an accident on August 31, 69 miles off the coast of San Diego.
The navy said a rescue team aboard the multi-purpose ship HOS Bayou recovered Friday at a depth of about 5,300 feet.
Bio arrived at the North Island Naval Station in San Diego Bay on Sunday and the human remains were sent to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware for identification.
The helicopter was working from the USS Abraham Lincoln when its rotor collided with the flight deck and the plane crashed into the sea. A crew member was rescued shortly after the crash.
The navy continued to search for other survivors for about a week before declaring the missing sailors dead.
He was a pilot from Lieutenant Bradley A. Foster, 29, of Echohorst, California. Lieutenant Paul R. Friedley, 28, Pilot Naval Air Crewman (helicopter) from Annadale, Virginia, 2nd Class James P. Bryak, 31, from Salem, Virginia. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland. And Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.
The Navy said an investigation into the crash was ongoing.