U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk Helicopter Crashes Near El Centro

U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk Helicopter Crashes Near El Centro
Two MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, stationed in San Diego, fly in formation over Northern California to Naval Air Station Fallon. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released)

A U.S. Navy Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk, operated by HSC-3, crashed on a training range near El Centro, California. The four occupants survived the crash.

Four people were aboard the Navy chopper, which went down around 6 p.m. on a training range while conducting a routine training flight from Naval Air Facility El Centro, according to the base. The helicopter is an MH-60S Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 based at Naval Air Station North Island.

One crew member received an injury that was not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital, the base said.

The crash site was originally described as being about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Yuma, Arizona.

A day earlier, all five Marines on board a tiltrotor aircraft were killed when it crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border, the Marine Corps said Thursday.

The MV-22 Osprey went down at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday during training in a remote area in Imperial County near the community of Glamis, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of San Diego and about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Yuma, Arizona.

The aircraft was based at Camp Pendleton with Marine Aircraft Group 39 and was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

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

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