Crew rescued after US Navy helicopter goes down in Philippine Sea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2020 10:58 PM

The USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), the U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship, is anchored off Manila Bay for a routine port call Wednesday, March 13, 2019. On Saturday, an MH-60 helicopter, assigned to the Blue Ridge, was conducting routine operations when it went down at 5:15 p.m. Bullit Marquez, AP/file

Five air-crew members are in stable condition, following their rescue after a US military helicopter they were in went down in the Philippine Sea on Saturday afternoon, the U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed on its website.

Three crew members were transported to the Naval Hospital Okinawa, while the two others were taken back to the USS Blue Ridge.

The MH-60 helicopter, assigned to the Blue Ridge, was conducting routine operations when it went down at 5:15 p.m.

According to the U.S. 7th Fleet, "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."

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Japanese Coast Guard, the USS America (LHA 6), the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the U.S. Air Force all participated in the search and rescue, the report added.