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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.


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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

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