18:35 GMT12 August 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All five crew members of a US military MH-60 Seahawk helicopter that crashed in the Philippine Sea off the coast of Japan on 25 January have been rescued and are in a stable condition, the US Navy reported.

    According to a statement published by the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, three crew members were transported to Naval Hospital Okinawa in Japan for observation, while two people were transported to the USS Blue Ridge vessel for treatment, the Navy reported.

    The helicopter crashed at approximately 17:15 local time (08:15 GMT), according to the Navy's statement. A joint US and Japanese search and rescue operation consisting of both Navy and Coastguard personnel located the crew members and brought them to safety.

    Japan Air Self-Defence Force, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Japanese Coast Guard, USS America (LHA 6), USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the US Air Force all participated in the search and rescue, according to the Navy.

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    helicopter, crash, MH-60R Seahawk, Okinawa, Japan, UN Navy, United States
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