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Officials: Sailor killed by helicopter rotor

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. sailor was killed Monday aboard the warship USS Thach when he was struck in the head by the rotor of an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter during flight operations, U.S. Navy officials told CNN.

The San Diego-based guided missile frigate deployed on March 15th, along with two helicopters and their flight crews from the San Diego area, according to the officials who asked they not be named.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that the fatal accident occurred while the main rotor was "disengaging" and "the blade dipped," striking the chief petty officer in the head, officials said.

The victim is believed to have been a member of one of the flight crews, they said. Officials said the ship was sailing east of Hawaii at the time of the incident but did not have a more specific location.



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