Navy Helicopter Crash Lands on Coronado

Injuries range from broken bones to scrapes NBC News reports

By Matt Lewis, R. Stickney and Lea Sutton
|  Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:53 PM PDT
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Four people were hospitalized after a U.S. Navy helicopter made a crash landing at a San Diego area military base. NBC 7's Marianne Kushi reports.

Four people were hospitalized after a U.S. Navy helicopter made a crash landing at a San Diego area military base. NBC 7's Marianne Kushi reports.

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Four people were hospitalized after a U.S. Navy helicopter made a crash landing at a San Diego area military base.

The incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado.

According to officials, the helicopter was operated by four aircrew personnel assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron-75, also known as the Wolfpack.

Two of the injured were transported to UCSD Medical Center. Another two people were taken to Scripps Mercy hospital.

Their injuries range from broken bones to scrapes according to NBC News.

The commanding officer of HSM-75 told Navy officials Thursday that his aircrew are doing well.

The helicopter, a Navy MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopter, crashed during a routine training.

The Seahawk is the Navy's primary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter. It has several secondary missions that range from search and rescue, to relaying communications.

Seahawks are typically operated by two pilots, a sensor operator, and depending on the mission - an additional sensor operator or a rescue swimmer.

Last night's crash is being called a "Class A Mishap" by the Navy - this is the most serious type of mishap. And a crash is designated as "Class A" when there is damage in excess of $2 million or loss of life.

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