Helicopter crashes on the flight deck of a US Navy carrier, injuring sailors

Associated Press
A MH-60S helicopter assigned to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
  • A US Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crashed on the deck of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier Ronald Reagan Friday, injuring an unknown number of sailors.

An U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Friday morning, injuring an unspecified number of US service members.

The Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement the MH-60 Seahawk assigned to the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 crashed shortly after takeoff Friday while the carrier was off the Philippine coast.

The Navy said all affected sailors were in stable condition and their injuries were non-life threatening. It didn't say how many sailors were hurt.

The Navy did not give details on any damage to the helicopter or the aircraft carrier, but said the ship was fully capable to conduct its mission for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The Ronald Reagan has already resumed flight operations.

The Navy said the crash occurred while Ronald Reagan Strike Group was conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea. The cause was under investigation.

The Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, recently participated in an international fleet review in the waters off South Korea.

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