Navy helicopter crashes near California training range, all four crew members survive


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A Navy helicopter crashed at a training range along the Arizona-California border Thursday near El Centro, California, Naval Air Station North Island said.

All four MH-60S Seahawk aircrew members survived the approximately 6 pm PT crash with one being taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the military said.

The crew was conducting a routine training flight from Naval Air Facility El Centro.

FILE - US Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.

FILE – US Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.
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The identities of the crew members have not been released.

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The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.

The crash comes just a day after five Marines were killed in an MV-22B Osprey crash just north of the US-Mexico border near Glamis, California during a training mission on Wednesday.

« We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap, » Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, command general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a written statement of the Wednesday crash. « Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy. »

FILE- An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to land in support of a theater amphibious combat rehearsal (TACR) at Camp Titin, Jordan.  An MV-22B Osprey crashed Wednesday in California, the Marine Corps said.

FILE- An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to land in support of a theater amphibious combat rehearsal (TACR) at Camp Titin, Jordan. An MV-22B Osprey crashed Wednesday in California, the Marine Corps said.
(Marine Corps 1st Lt. Mark Andries)

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US Navy pilot Lt. Richard Bullock was also killed last week while making a « routine training flight in a F/A-18E Super Hornet around 2:30 pm

The US Navy has identified Lt Richard Bullock as the pilot who was involved in a fatal crash during a routine training mission in Trona, California.

The US Navy has identified Lt Richard Bullock as the pilot who was involved in a fatal crash during a routine training mission in Trona, California.
(U.S. Navy)

His plane unexpectedly when down « in a remote, unpopulated area, » near Trona, California, the Navy said.

The Navy is still investigating the cause of that crash.

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