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    Helo crashes over Oman, status of crew unknown

    A Navy mine-countermeasures helicopter crashed Thursday over Oman, and two of the five crew members aboard remain missing as of Friday.

    The MH-53E Sea Dragon, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, was conducting “heavy lift support operations” 58 miles southwest of the port of Muscat, which would put the helicopter over Oman territory, 5th Fleet said in a statement.“The crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity and the status of the five crew members is still being determined,” the statement said. “Another MH-53E assigned to HM-15 is on scene, providing search and rescue assistance.”

    Three of the crew members are being treated in a hospital, an Omani air force official told the Associated Press. The Omani official was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    No hostile activity was suspected.

    Lt. Greg Raelson, a 5th Fleet spokesman, said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

    He said the helicopter was involved in heavy lift operations when it crashed on land some 58 miles southwest of the capital Muscat.

    A similar helicopter from the same squadron was on the scene carrying out search and rescue operations.
    The three-engine MH-53E is able to operate from aircraft carriers and other warships, and is mainly used for minesweeping operations.

    Oman lies on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Along with Iran, it controls access to the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway at the mouth of the Gulf that is the route for a fifth of the world's oil supply.

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    Many prayers and good thoughts for the crew and their loved ones.
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