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Severna Park woman among 5 sailors killed in Navy helicopter crash near San Diego

An Anne Arundel woman was among the five sailors killed Tuesday in a U.S. Navy helicopter crash about 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, of Severna Park was among the crew members killed Aug. 31 when an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 crashed into the sea. She was 31 years old, U.S. Navy officials confirmed Sunday.

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This undated photo released by the U.S. Navy shows Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park.
This undated photo released by the U.S. Navy shows Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park. (Petty Officer 1st Class David Mora/AP)

Navy officials have said an investigation into the crash is underway.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shared his condolences for Burns’ family on social media Sunday.

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“I ask all Marylanders to join me in sending our deepest condolences to the family of U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns of Severna Park, and her four fellow sailors who were killed in last week’s tragic helicopter crash,” Hogan wrote in the tweet. “Fair winds and following seas.”

Attempts to reach Burns’ family were unsuccessful Sunday afternoon.

The other four who died were:

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

This story may be updated.

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