MH-60 helicopter crashes aboard USS Ronald Reagan

An MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter crashed aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations on Friday, the US Navy informed.

The helicopter, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier shortly after takeoff at approximately 9 a.m., Oct. 19.

The navy said the cause of the mishap was under investigation.

All injured personnel are in stable condition under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff. While some personnel will be medically evacuated ashore, none of the injuries are life-threatening.

At the time of the mishap, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group was conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea. Ronald Reagan remains fully mission capable and has resumed flight operations.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group is forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region.

The aircraft carrier was underway in the Philippine Sea at the time of the accident, after completing participation in the Republic of Korea Navy fleet review.

Photo: US Navy file photo of an MH-60S Sea Hawk landing on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).