Red Sea helicopter crash: Naval Academy graduate among sailors killed

MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. (Photo:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A sailor who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis was one of two people killed in the crash of a Navy helicopter Sunday in the Red Sea.

The Capital of Annapolis reports one of the two sailors who died was 35-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones of Lompoc, Calif. Jones was a 2001 graduate of the Naval Acadmy. The other sailor who died in the crash according to the Defense Department was 32-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson of Aurora, Ore.

They were assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six out of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego. The copter was operating with the destroyer William P. Lawrence.

The Navy says the crash was not the result of hostile action.