Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

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 Sikorsky 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.

For the complete story by Erik Slavin of Stars and Stripes, click here.

Updated: December 16, 2013 — 11:53 AM
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