Navy Helicopter Crashes on USS Ronald Reagan, Investigation Underway

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea early Friday injuring several sailors

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea early Friday injuring several sailors

Flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan are back in full swing Friday following a helicopter crash on the ship's flight deck.

The MH-60 Seahawk crashed on the Reagan's flight deck shortly after taking off at about 9 a.m. local time as the carrier conducted routine operations in the Philippine Sea, according to a release from the ship's parent command, USA 7th Fleet.

The Navy said all affected sailors were in stable condition and their injuries were not life threatening.

The Reagan was conducting routine operations at the time of the crash.

The Navy did not specify how many sailors had been hurt in the incident.

This is the first known crash of a Navy helicopter in the Pacific since April past year, when a MH-60 crashed after takeoff from a destroyer near Guam.

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Their injuries ranged from minor cuts to broken bones.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation. The injured sailors' families have been notified.

The aircraft carrier "remains fully mission capable" and normal flight operations to support the mission of "support and security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region" have resumed, the Navy said.

USS Ronald Reagan participated in the global naval review hosted off the South Korean island of Jeju last week.

The 1,092-foot Reagan carries a crew of 4,539 and is equipped with roughly 60 aircraft, according to the Navy.

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