Marines Helicopter Crashes With 25 on Board
But all are rescued in Gulf of Aden
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2014 4:10 PM CDT
A US military helicopter, the CH-53E Super Stallion airlifts humanitarian aid to be dropped in affected regions around Pariaman, north of Padang, Indonesia on Saturday Oct. 10, 2009.    (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

(Newser) – Close call in the Arabian Sea: A group of 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors avoided serious injury today when their helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden, the Navy says. The CH-53E Super Stallion—a Marine Corps helicopter—was trying to land on the USS Mesa Verde's deck at the time (but wasn't under enemy attack). Now all 25 troops are on board the ship, some with minor injuries, the AP reports. Chuck Hagel had ordered the transport dock ship to the Persian Gulf this summer after the Islamic State swiped land in northern Iraq and was heading for Baghdad.

The Super Stallion is a "heavy lift" helicopter that can move tons of cargo on long hauls or "enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation," reports. In this case, the troops were reportedly returning from training in Djibouti.

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Sep 2, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
All 38 were killed when a helicopter was shot down, including 25 Navy Seals, back in August 2011 and still today no one has been held accountable for the strategic blunder of putting America's best all on one helicopter - let alone deploying the helicopter to hostile fire that it was not designed to withstand. It was one of the most tragic and preventable losses of U.S. military personnel. Yesterday's incident did not have a tragic result but it reminds of the U.S. military's self defeat with numerous "friendly fire" and tragic logistical accidents. ... all for a dubious cause, a war that Americans need not be involved in.
Sep 1, 2014 8:26 PM CDT
Excellent recovery and congrats on no fatalities. Being in the military is dangerous even when not under fire. I salute all of them............and will continue to do so when they return home.
Sep 1, 2014 7:35 PM CDT
Thank goodness all of them made it away safely.