x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

US navy helicopter with 5 crew crashes in Oman

Omani air force official says three crewmembers have been found so far and are being treated in a hospital.

DUBAI // The US navy says one of its helicopters has crashed in the Gulf nation of Oman with five crew members aboard.

Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, gave no immediate word on the fate of the crew on Thursday. But an Omani air force official says three of them have been found so far and are being treated in a hospital. The official was not authorised to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity

No hostile activity is suspected.

Raelson says an investigation is under way into crash of the MH-35E Sea Dragon.

He says the helicopter was assigned to a mine countermeasure squadron and was involved in heavy lift operations when it crashed 93 kilometres south-west of the capital Muscat.