A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed on April 16, 2013 near the North Korean border with no apparent casualties, officials said. A US military official identified the aircraft as a CH-53 US Marine helicopter that was carrying three crew and 13 other personnel during a training exercise.—File Photo by AFP

SEOUL: A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed Tuesday near the North Korean border with no apparent casualties, officials said.

A US military official identified the aircraft as a CH-53 US Marine helicopter that was carrying three crew and 13 other personnel during a training exercise.

No casualties were reported.

The Yonhap news agency had previously identified the helicopter as a UH-60 Black Hawk with 12 personnel on board.

The US official described the crash as a “hard landing” in Cheolwon county, which touches on the border with North Korea.

The Korean peninsula is currently at a state of heightened military tensions, partly due to North Korea's anger over the ongoing South Korea-US military exercises, which it sees as an invasion rehearsal.

There are 28,500 US military personnel permanently stationed in South Korea.


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Sonia K
April 16, 2013 7:09 am
Deliberate instigation by the US!! What else does anyone expect from them. They could fake Twin Towers and now they want North Korea to begin the war. The US have been doing their social media maligning, proving their innocence, trying to give threats, doing media trials. and now this..... I would say kudos to North Korea for putting up a fight in the face of it all (don't think NK don't know anything) and being calm!!!
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