September 26, 2022
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed into the desert near the California-Arizona border Thursday, one day after five Marines were killed in a plane crash in the California desert, according to the military.

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed into the desert near the California-Arizona border Thursday, one day after five Marines were killed in a plane crash in the California desert, according to the military.

All four of the aircrew members on board the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter survived the crash on Thursday, and one was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, said Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.

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“I can confirm that a U.S. Navy helicopter crashed today on a U.S. Navy training range near El Centro, Calif. according to our initial reports, all four of the air crew on board survived the crash,” his statement said.

The helicopter, which flew out of the Naval Air Station North Island, crashed in California’s Imperial Valley, about 35 miles north of Yuma, Arizona. Federal fire and other first responders arrived on the scene.

The crash is the third one in California in less than a week. The crash on Wednesday that also happened in California’s Imperial Valley resulted in the death of all five crew members. A pilot, Lt. Richard Bullock, died in a different crash during a routine training exercise in California’s Mojave Desert, near Trona, California, on Friday.

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No names of the survivors of Thursday’s crash have been released as of press time.

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