Navy MH-60S
A Navy MH-60S Seahawk lands during training near El Centro. Navy photo via Wikimedia Commons

A Navy helicopter based at Naval Air Station North Island crashed in the Imperial County desert near the California-Arizona border Thursday, injuring one of its four crew members.

The crash was reported around 5 p.m. in the Palo Verde area south of Blythe, according to an alert posted on the Naval Air Facility El Centro Facebook page.

The injured crew member was taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening injuries, according to published reports.

“It was a crash, and everybody survived,” Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a spokesman for the San Diego-based Naval Air Forces command, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The crew was on a training mission in a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3, Harrell said.

The crash near Blythe came one day after five Camp Pendleton-based Marines were killed in a Marine Corps Osprey accident near the Imperial County community of Glamis,  around 40 miles west of where Thursday’s Navy helicopter crash occurred.

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