A U.S. Marines Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter suffered structural damage late Tuesday while landing at an approved exercise landing zone at Arta Beach, Djibouti, at approximately 6:40 p.m. local time.
The aircraft “sustained minor structural damage pending further assessment,” US Navy Cdr. Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Naval Forces Central Command was quoted as saying by CNN. Urban added the helicopter’s crew was uninjured in the incident.
The helicopter involved in the crash was assigned to the from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
This is the third incident involving USMC aircraft on April 3.
On the same day, a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Naval Air Facility El Centro, California during a routine training mission along the U.S.-Mexico border, killing four crew members.
In another incident in Djibouti, a USMC AV-8B Harrier ground-attack aircraft crashed during takeoff from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport during a training exercise. The pilot ejected and is currently in “stable condition.”
Both the Harrier and the CH-53 that was damaged late Tuesday were participating in Exercise Alligator Dagger, a training exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti.
On April 4, a pilot belonging to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet, based at Nellis Air Force Base, crashed during routine training over the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).