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Navy Helicopter Crashes Near El Centro, All Four Air Crew Survived

Updated June 11, 2022


On June 9 at approximately 6 pm, an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, based at Naval Air Station North Island, crashed near El Centro while conducting a routine training flight from Naval Air Facility El Centro. All four of the air crew on board survived the crash and have been safely recovered. One of the aircrew has suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to a local hospital.

No additional information was provided at this time.

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Four (HSC) 4, MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights"
Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Four (HSC) 4, jump from an MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the “Black Knights,” during SAR swimmer qualifications, Jan. 28, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe/Released)

UPDATE June 11, 2022

As a result of recent crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Commander, Naval Air Forces has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a safety pause on June 13 in order to review risk-management practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes.

In order to maintain the readiness of our force, we must ensure the safety of our people remains one of our top priorities.

Deployed units will conduct the safety pause at the earliest possible opportunity.

Source: Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs



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