US military chopper crashes on Okinawa

TOKYO — A US military helicopter crashed in Japan’s southern island chain of Okinawa on Monday, with one crew member taken to hospital, Japanese police and officials said.

The HH-60 helicopter had four personnel on board, with three confirmed to be safe, a Japanese defense ministry official said. The fourth crew member was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

“The helicopter crashed in Camp Hansen,” he said, referring to a US Marine base.

“Three crew members were confirmed safe, but the status of the fourth is not known.”

There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Footage by public broadcaster NHK showed wha…

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