Seven Injured After U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes on Deck of MSC Cargo Ship – PHOTOS and VIDEO

A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 12, 2015. The helicopter crashed in waters off the Japanese southern island of Okinawa during a training mission on Wednesday, injuring six people and prompting Japan's government to demand a probe and steps to prevent a recurrence. Mandatory credit REUTERS/KyodoATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo

 

Seven people were injured Wednesday when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed on the deck of a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship during a training exercise off Okinawa, Japan.

According to U.S. Forces Japan, the U.S. Army H-60 helicopter made a “hard deck landing” aboard the USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) at 1:46 p.m. local time Wednesday while the ship was underway approximately 20 miles east of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island. The helicopter was conducting a local training mission when the incident occurred.

Reports say there were 17 people on board the helicopter.

The injured personnel were transported to a U.S. Naval hospital at Camp Foster in Okinawa, U.S. Forces Japan said.

The 905-foot USNS Red Cloud is part of MSC’s Prepositioning Program, MSC’s largest sealift ships used to preposition Army stocks and other cargo. The ship is crewed by 30 civilian mariners.

The cause of incident is under investigation by the United States. Japan’s government has also demanded a probe of the incident.

A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard August 12, 2015. The helicopter crashed in waters off the Japanese southern island of Okinawa during a training mission on Wednesday, injuring six people and prompting Japan's government to demand a probe and steps to prevent a recurrence.  Mandatory Credit REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard/Handout via ReutersATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters – Japan Coast Guard/Handout

 

The USNS Red Cloud with a damaged U.S. Army helicopter on its deck sails off Okinawa island, southern Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard August 12, 2015. The helicopter crashed in waters off the Japanese southern island of Okinawa during a training mission on Wednesday, injuring six people and prompting Japan's government to demand a probe and steps to prevent a recurrence.  Mandatory Credit REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard/Handout via ReutersATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT
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Here’s some raw video of the helicopter on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud: