A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea on September 1.
The helicopter belonging to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed during landing on the Mesa Verde. According to the press release issued by the Navy, “The aircraft was carrying the Marines and sailors back to USS Mesa Verde from training ashore in nearby Djibouti.”
All 25 persons aboard the helicopter, including 17 Marines and 8 Navy sailors, were safely recovered. “Three individuals are reported to have sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash,” the press release said.
The U.S. Navy and the Marines in AFRICOM units are jointly investigating the incident.