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Helicopter crashes on US Navy aircraft carrier, injured sailors



A US Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday morning, injuring a dozen US troops. Marine's Seventh Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk, which was assigned to the "Scepter Hawk" of the Helicopter Sea Storm Squadron 77, crashed shortly after launch on Friday while the vehicle crashed ahead of the Philippine Coast was.

The Navy said all affected seafarers are in a stable condition and their injuries are not life threatening. "Injuries ranged from minor abrasions and lacerations to bone fractures," said Lt. Joe Keiley, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet, on Task & Purpose. "The sailors who had the major injuries were medically evacuated to a hospital in the Philippines."

The Navy did not give details of any damage to the helicopter or the aircraft carrier, but said that the ship was able to fulfill its mission for safety and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The Ronald Reagan has already resumed operations.

The Navy said the crash occurred while the Ronald Reagan Strike Group was operating routine operations in the Philippine Sea. The cause was investigated.

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


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