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US military Black Hawk crashes near N. Korea border

Published on Apr 16, 2013 1:08 PM
File picture of a UH-60 Black Hawk. A US military helicopter crashed on Tuesday near the North Korean border, a South Korean defence official said, with no reported casualties. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed on Tuesday near the North Korean border with 21 personnel on board. There were no fatalities.

A statement put out by the US Forces in Korea said the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter had "executed a hard landing" while on a routine flight operation in Cheolwon county, which touches on the border with North Korea.

The precise cause of the accident was not immediately known, the statement said, adding that a "comprehensive investigation" had been ordered.

All five crew members and 16 other service personnel were taken to a US military hospital in Seoul. Fifteen were subsequently released while six remained hospitalised "in stable condition", the statement said.

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