Second military aircraft crashes in California in 48 hours

El Centro, California - Another military aircraft crashed in Imperial County, California, on Thursday night. It's the second accident of this type that the county has seen in 48 hours, but fortunately, there don't appear to be any deaths.

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed near Palo Verde.
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed near Palo Verde.  © REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY

An Imperial County Fire Department representative told the Los Angeles Times that firefighters were called at 5:43 PM to Highway 78 near Palo Verde for a report of a military aircraft down.

Military personnel were also responding to the scene, he said.

"I can confirm that a US Navy helicopter crashed today on a U.S. Navy training range near El Centro, Calif. according to our initial reports, all four of the air crew on board survived the crash," Commander Zach Harrell, a Naval Air Forces public affairs officer, wrote in a statement shared on Facebook.

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A Navy press release specified that the aircraft was an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, based at Naval Air Station North Island, California. It crashed during routine flight training Thursday evening.

"One of the aircrew has suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to a local hospital," authorities said.

A rash of military aircraft crashes

This is the second crash in Imperial County over the past 48 hours. On Wednesday, an MV-22B Osprey crashed during a training mission near Glamis,

Officials with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing all five Marines aboard the aircraft were killed confirmed in the tragedy that took place less than 100 miles from Thursday's incident.

Another fatal crash in California on June 3 killed a US Navy pilot.

Cover photo: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY

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