USA HSC 3 H 60 165745 KIPL 26Apr18 Ton van Bakel 1 640Crash US Navy MH-60S Seahawk

On 9 June 2022, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk crashed on a Navy training range, sixty miles north-east of Naval Air Facility El Centro (CA). Fortunately all four crew members survived the crash.

The Seahawk, operated by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 Merlins ('SA-xx') based at Naval Air Station North Island (CA), was on a routine training flight when the accident happened. Details on the cause of the crash have not yet been released.

This is already the second crash in just two days, with a USMC Osprey crashing not far from the Seahawk site.

The MH-60S is unofficially known as the Knighthawk, referring to the preceding Sea Knight, though Seahawk is its official DoD name.

Photo by Ton van Bakel (Scramble Archive)

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