Monday, August 5, 2013

[UPDATED] U.S. military helicopter crashes in Okinawa

A United States Air Force Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopter has crashed on the island of Okinawa. The crash happened at a maneuvering ground inside the U.S. Marines' Camp Hansen in central Okinawa, and three of the four crew on board have reportedly survived while one, flight engineer Tech Sgt. Mark A. Smith was unfortunately killed in the crash. Above is a reportedly a screengrab of the crash site as shown on Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The HH-60G would almost certainly to have been from the USAF's 33d Rescue Squadron, based at nearby Kadena Airbase. The squadron is part of the USAF's 18th Wing.

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