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Navy Helicopter Crashes in Indonesia

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Story Number: NNS050109-03
Release Date: 1/9/2005 11:07:00 PM

From U.S. Pacific Command Public Affairs

UTAPAO, Thailand (NNS) -- At 7:20 a.m. local time, an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with four air crew members and six U.S. Navy personnel aboard experienced a hard landing at Banda Aceh airfield in Indonesia.

There were no personnel casualties. There were some injuries, the extent of which remains unknown. All personnel were immediately evacuated to Abraham Lincoln for medical treatment.

The SH-60 Seahawk helicopter, part of Combined Support Force 536, was picking up supplies to be transported as part of humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts in the region.

The primary mission of SH-60 Seahawk helicopters in this relief mission is to move relief supplies and personnel within the area. To date, SH-60 Seahawk helicopters have flown 243 sorties while providing relief to the nations affected by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

The Banda Aceh airfield remains open for operations and continued relief efforts.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.



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