According to a statement from the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, “Five aircrew were rescued after their MH-60S helicopter went down in the Philippine Sea Jan. 25. Three were transported by a Japanese helicopter to Naval Hospital Okinawa for evaluation. Two aircrew returned by U.S. Navy helicopter to USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). All five crew members are currently in stable condition.”
The MH-60 assigned to Blue Ridge went down while conducting routine operations at approximately 5:15 p.m. local time, according to the statement. Three aircrew were recovered by a Japan Air Self-Defense Force UH-60 search and rescue helicopter, and the other two were recovered by a USS Blue Ridge MH-60S helicopter.
All five #USNavy Aircrew safe after their MH-60 Sea Hawk went down in #PhilippineSea. Big thanks to our Japan Air Self-Defense Force @JASDF_PAO_ENG partners for rescuing our Sailors.— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) January 25, 2020
UPDATE: All five aircrew have been recovered after Navy helicopter goes down in Philippine Sea https://t.co/qbnawLrPOY— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) January 25, 2020
A US #Navy MH-60S #helicopter crashed into the Philippine Sea Sat 25 Jan while flying from 7th Fleet flagship USS BLUE RIDGE LCC19. All five crewmembers recovered; 3 taken to hospital in Japan, 2 others returned to the ship. (file photos) https://t.co/K0jAMYcDZ8 pic.twitter.com/McA9LPenXO— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) January 25, 2020
US navy helicopter crashes in Philippine Sea, five rescued. MH-60 helicopter ‘went down while conducting routine operations’, the US 7th fleet said in a statement.Three of the crew taken to the naval hospital in Okinawa, while the other two returned to the USS Blue Ridge vessel pic.twitter.com/ksdlmxw7T0— NRao (@kamireddynrao) January 25, 2020