Sailors Hurt in Crash on USS Ronald Reagan

(Fox News) The Navy is investigating the crash of a MH-60 Seahawk helicopter shortly after takeoff on Friday while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea.

The Navy's 7th Fleet says it was not immediately clear how many sailors were injured, but they were in stable condition.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group was performing routine operations off the Philippine coast around 9 a.m. when the helicopter made an emergency landing and crashed on the ship's flight deck, the service said.

“All injured personnel are in stable condition under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the Navy said in the statement obtained by Fox News. “While some personnel will be medically evacuated ashore, none of the injuries is life-threatening.”

There were two pilots and two crew members aboard the helicopter, officials told Fox News. Their injuries ranged from minor cuts to broken bones.  Details on whether the helicopter or aircraft carrier sustained damage were not provided. The Navy said the ship remains fully mission capable and has resumed flight maneuvers.

The USS Ronald Reagan was homeported in San Diego from 2006 to 20015 before being re-assigned to a Navy base in Japan.

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