Miracle at Sea: 25 Survive Navy Chopper Crash in Gulf of Aden

Image: The USS Mesa Verde takes part in FA Panamax 2009 in the Atlantic Ocean
Twenty-five Marines and sailors escaped serious injury when their helicopter crashed while trying to land on the USS Mesa Verde, shown here in 2009.Reuters file

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Twenty-five sailors and Marines escaped serious injury Monday when their Super Stallion helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden, officials said. The service members were traveling from a training site in Djibouti to the USS Mesa Verde when the chopper went down. Everyone on board was rescued, and only a few suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

"The crash was not a result of hostile activity," U.S. Naval Forces Command said in a statement. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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