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6 injured after U.S. military helicopter crashes off Okinawa

Posted at 5:50 AM, Aug 12, 2015

TOKYO — Six people were injured after a U.S. military helicopter crashed Wednesday off the coast of Japan’s Okinawa Island, the Japanese Coast Guard said.

The helicopter crashed on the deck of a Navy ship off the coast of Japan, according to the U.S. military.

All 17 crew members of the UH-60 helicopter have been rescued, the coast guard said. It said it had received the rescue request from Camp Foster, a U.S. Marine Corps facility on Okinawa.

The helicopter was conducting a training mission at the time of the crash, military officials said.

The ship, the USNS Red Cloud, which has a helicopter landing pad on board, was more than 30 kilometers (about 20 miles) east of Okinawa when the H-60 helicopter came down. The incident’s cause is under investigation, U.S. Forces Japan said.

Earlier, the Japanese coast guard had reported the number of injured at seven