One killed, three injured in helicopter crash on Guam
One crewmember is dead and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a helicopter crash Monday night in Guam, according to the Navy.
The MH-60 Seahawk crashed about 10:30 p.m. local time into the Fena Reservoir, said Lt. Donnell Evans, a spokesman for the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.
Three of the crewmembers were located about 11:30 p.m., Evans said.
The fourth sailor was found in the reservoir about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Guam time, and pronounced dead en route to the hospital, Evans said.
The Navy has not identified the sailors involved in the crash.
Evans would not say what position the crewmember who died held. The Navy is in the process of notifying the sailor’s next of kin.
The other three sailors are being treated at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, a Navy news release says. One of the sailors suffered a broken arm and the other two are being treated for “minor injuries,” the news release says.
The helicopter that crashed was part of Helicopter Sea Combat Command Squadron 25, which is housed at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, Evans said.
The Navy said the crash happened during training.
Evans explained that helicopter crews on Guam regularly train to deploy overseas, but he did not know if this particular crew was getting ready to go to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Investigators will try to determine why the helicopter went down, he said.
Evans said he did not know what weather conditions the helicopter crew faced, but he said the weather in Guam on Monday night was calm.
Monday also marked the first helicopter crash on Guam in the 18 months he has been there, Evans said.