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Sailor from Oregon killed in Red Sea helicopter crash

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AURORA, OR (KPTV) -

A sailor from Oregon was killed in a helicopter crash in the Red Sea.

The Department of Defense identified Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, as one of two victims in the crash Sunday afternoon.

The Navy said the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, crashed in the central Red Sea after attempting to land on the deck of guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.

It happened at 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

The search was suspended the following day when the victims were not found following an extensive search in and around the crash site.

They were identified Tuesday as Gibson and Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, CA. Both were assigned to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

The Department of Defense said the sailors were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The cause of the crash has not been revealed, but Navy investigators said, "The crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity."

Gibson was commissioned on Dec. 1, 2008 and is designated as an aviation operations technician. The Navy said he has earned a number of awards and decorations, including three good conduct medals, a national defense service medal, global war on terrorism expeditionary medal and naval aircrew warfare specialist breast insignia.

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