Black Hawk Down
A U.S. military helicopter crashed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. 17 crew members were rescued.
TOKYO — Seven people were injured when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed on a ship during a training mission off Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Wednesday, the U.S. military in Japan said.
The UH-60 was damaged when it made a "hard deck landing" on the USNS Red Cloud, about 20 miles east of Okinawa at about 1:45 p.m. local time. All 17 crewmembers aboard were rescued, Japan's Kyodo News service reported. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
The injured were taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster, a U.S. Marine Corps camp on the island, authorities said. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
It comes a day after a U.S. fighter jet crashed in a forest in Bavaria, southern Germany. The pilot ejected safely and suffered minor injuries.
Onyanga-Omara reported from London