US military helicopter crashes in Okinawa, status of crew members unknown

Smoke billows from the crash site of US air force rescue helicopter HH-60 at Camp Hansen as US marine helicopter CH46 flies over to drop water, on the southern island of Okinawa. The HH-60 rescue helicopter crashed in a training area at Camp Hansen with four crew members on board. The status of the crew members is unknown.

Smoke billows from the crash site of US air force rescue helicopter HH-60 at Camp Hansen as US marine helicopter CH46 flies over to drop water, on the southern island of Okinawa. The HH-60 rescue helicopter crashed in a training area at Camp Hansen with four crew members on board. The status of the crew members is unknown.

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TOKYO — A US military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and US officials said.

The HH-60 rescue helicopter, which belongs to Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base, was on an unspecified training mission when it crashed at Camp Hansen, a US Air Force statement said.

 

Television footage showed smoke rising from a spot in the forest, with a mangled object that appeared to be the frame of the helicopter ablaze.

The US statement said the cause of the crash was not known, and did not elaborate on the condition of the four crew members on board.

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