Navy Helicopter Crashes During Training Mission

Navy Helicopter Crashes During Training Mission

( – The US Navy lost a helicopter as a result of a crash during training exercises near San Diego on January 11, marking the latest in a string of military aviation incidents in the US armed services. The six-person crew aboard the helicopter miraculously survived the crash without serious injuries.

The helicopter — an MH-60R Seahawk — crashed in San Diego Bay, according to Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet Commander Beth Teach. Thankfully, a safety boat was on standby due to the nature of the training. The US Coast Guard and local fire department personnel also responded to the helicopter crash.

First responders rescued the helicopter crew members and returned them to shore for medical assessments. None of the crew members suffered critical or life-threatening injuries, according to Navy officials.

The MH-60R Seahawk, manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft, is a multi-mission helicopter capable of anti-submarine operations, rescue missions, and reconnaissance. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.

The helicopter, which was submerged underwater near the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, has since been recovered. Military divers examined the crash site, where they found the helicopter body intact. The divers also noted a lack of fuel leaks and minimal debris from the helicopter’s rotor blade. The vehicle was extracted by a diving and salvage company on Saturday, January 13.

The helicopter crash near San Diego comes following a fatal V-22 Osprey helicopter crash near Japan on November 29, which prompted the US military to ground all such helicopters. Eight US military service members died in the Osprey crash off the coast of the Japanese island of Yakushima.

Osprey aircraft have been involved in numerous fatal incidents, which have led to the deaths of more than 60 people in the last several decades. Grounding the helicopters allows investigators time and space to find the causes of the crashes and issue recommendations to resume using the aircraft.

Although the MH-60R Seahawk does not have such a turbulent service history, the military is nevertheless eager to get to the bottom of the San Diego crash to ensure the safety of other service members using the helicopter.

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