An American navy helicopter crashed on the plane boat USS Ronald Reagan Friday morning and injured a dozen US service members.
Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk assigned “Saberhawks” by the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 crashed shortly after its start Friday while the carrier was outside the Philippine coast.
Navy said all affected seamen were in stable condition and their injuries were life threatening. “Injuries varied from minor abrasions and lacerations to bone fractures,” says Lt. Joe Keiley, a spokesman for the 7th Navy, Task & Purpose. “The sailors who had more extensive injuries were evacuated medical to a hospital in the Philippines.”
The Navy did not provide any details of any damage to the helicopter or aircraft carrier, but said that the ship was fully capable of performing its mission for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. Ronald Reagan has already resumed flight operations.
Navan said the crash occurred when Ronald Reagan Strike Group conducted routine operations in the Philippine Sea. The reason was under investigation.
Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercar, recently participated in an international fleet survey in waters off South Korea.