Crew safe following helicopter accident |

Crew safe following helicopter accident

Staff Report
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). A helicopter similar to this one crashed in Dixie Valley on Tuesday.
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An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 based at Naval Air Station North Island rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission near Naval Air Station Fallon at about 2:30 p.m.

All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.

According to a Navy spokesman, the helicopter accident occurred 40 miles from Fallon in central Dixie Valley. Upon landing, the Navy said the helicopter rolled.

The helicopter was participating in a training exercise as part of a pre-deployment exercise. HSC 6 is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11, which is out of NAS Lemoore.

A safety investigation will be convened to determine the cause of the mishap.