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Thursday, August 13, 2015

U.S. Army helicopter makes 'hard landing' off Japan

Seven people were injured when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed on a ship during a training mission off Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Wednesday, the U.S. military in Japan said.

The UH-60 was damaged when it made a "hard deck landing" on the USNS Red Cloud, about 20 miles east of Okinawa at about 1:45 p.m. local time. All 17 crewmembers aboard were rescued, Japan's Kyodo News service reported. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The injured were taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster, a U.S. Marine Corps camp on the island, authorities said. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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