Marine Corps CH-53E Helicopter Crashes in Arizona
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter suffered a mishap April 6 in Arizona, but there were no injuries, according to the Naval Safety Center.
A CH-53E assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., made a hard landing and rolled near the Barry Goldwater Range near Yuma, Ariz. The five crew members were uninjured.
The damage to the helicopter is being assessed and the mishap is being investigated.
If the helicopter suffered strike damage, meaning damaged beyond economical repair and it will be stricken from the inventory, the CH-53E fleet would be reduced to 145 helicopters.
On April 4, the Defense Department approved low-rate initial production of the replacement for the CH-53E, the CH-53K King Stallion. The Marine Corps plans to procure 200 CH-53Ks.