An U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors.

A U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff on Friday while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea. It was not immediately clear how many sailors were injured, but they were in stable condition.

The MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff while the carrier was off the Philippine coast, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said. The Navy said all affected sailors were in a stable condition and their injuries were non-life threatening.

It said some of them would be examined and treated after they reach the shore, though officials did not specify the destination. The aircraft carrier also has since resumed flight training.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight, the Task Force 70 spokesman, told Stars and Stripes newspaper that four crew members were aboard the helicopter when the crash happened. He said 12 people were injured and the carrier sustained minimal damage.

the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan anchors off Manila Bay for a goodwill visit in Manila, Philippines. An U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan anchors off Manila Bay for a goodwill visit in Manila, Philippines. An U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

The Navy did not give details on any damage to the helicopter or the aircraft carrier, but said the ship was fully capable to conduct its mission for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Navy said the crash occurred while Ronald Reagan Strike Group was conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, which spreads north and northeast of the Philippines. The cause was under investigation.

USS Ronald Reagan participated in the international naval review hosted off the South Korean island of Jeju last week.

Source: AP

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