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July 19, 2012

US Navy Helicopter Crashes in Oman

A rainbow is formed in the mist rising from the ocean as a Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter conducts mine countermeasures operations near Naval Air Station, Alameda, Calif. (Photo by John Gaffney/US Navy)

A US Navy helicopter crashed in Oman on Thursday. The condition of its five crewmembers was not immediately known.

The Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon was assigned to the Navy’s Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (HM-15) based at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

A Navy statement said the helicopter was conducting heavy lift support operations about 58 miles southwest of Muscat at the time of the accident.

Hostile activity was ruled out as a cause, the Navy said.

Another MH-53 helicopter from the same squadron was assigned to the rescue effort and an investigation was launched.

Designed for both mine sweeping and heavy lift duties, the MH-53E is a modified version of the CH-53E Super Stallion, the US military’s largest helicopter.

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