Two Crewmembers Injured in Japan Navy Helicopter Emergency Landing
“A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crash landed in an empty area of reclaimed land about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base, officials said Monday afternoon. The MH-60S, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, crashed after sending a distress call at 3:31 p.m. Monday, according to a Commander Naval Forces Japan spokesman. The helicopter attempted an emergency landing and crashed on its left side in the empty area, across from Jogashima island on the southern part of the Miura Peninsula, in Miura city. Of the four crewmembers aboard, two appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a Miura fire department spokesman said. One appeared to have a suffered a leg injury, the spokesman said. The injured crewmembers were transported to a hospital in Yokosuka and are in stable condition, Navy officials said Monday night. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Navy police were at the scene Monday night, preparing to examine the downed aircraft.” (Source: http://www.stripes.com/news/us-navy-helicopter-crashes-south-of-yokosuka-1.257873).
“Accidents involving the U.S. military in Japan are highly sensitive. In August, a U.S. HH-60 military helicopter crashed on the southern island of Okinawa, killing one crew member and triggering calls for tighter safety measures.” (Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/16/us-navy-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-japan/?intcmp=obinsite). Links to other news reports are embedded below.
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