Aircrew in stable condition after US Navy helicopter goes down in Philippine Sea

Three crew members have been transported to Naval Hospital Okinawa for evaluation.

Aircrew in stable condition after US Navy helicopter goes down in Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy aircrew has been rescued after their MH-60S helicopter went down into the Philippine Sea on Saturday.

  • According to a U.S. 7th Fleet press release, all five crew members are in stable condition.
  • Three have been transported to Naval Hospital Okinawa by a Japanese helicopter, and two were returned to USS Blue Ridge by a U.S. Navy helicopter.
  • The MH-60, assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, “went down while conducting routine operations” around 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • “Three aircrew were recovered by a Japan Air Self-Defense Force UH-60 search and rescue helicopter,” the release explained. “And the other two were recovered by a USS Blue Ridge MH-60S helicopter.”
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