US Helicopter crashes near North Korea border
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

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A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill has crashed near the North Korean border.

The CH-53 US Marine helicopter was carrying 21 personnel on board but officials said there were no casualties.

In a statement the US Forces in Korea said the Super Stallion helicopter had "executed a hard landing" while on a routine flight operation in Cheolwon county, which is 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 - who belonged to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed in Japan - were taken to a US military hospital in Seoul.

Fifteen were later released, while six remained in hospital in a "stable condition".

 

  

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