Australian navy crew rescued after helicopter crashed into Philippine Sea

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File photo of Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — An Australian navy helicopter crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday night, with all three crewmen sustaining minor injuries, authorities reported Thursday.

The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter ditched in the sea while the aircrew was conducting an emergency landing during a routine flight.

The crew members were rescued through sea boats deployed by the ship HMAS Brisbane. According to authorities, the aircraft “was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a Regional Presence Deployment with HMAS Warramunga."

The Australian government said it would continue to search the area for any debris which may help determine the cause of the mishap.

“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the helicopter ditching is the priority at the moment,” said Rear Admiral Hammond, the fleet’s commander.

"As a precaution, we have temporarily paused flying operations of the MH-60R Seahawk fleet,” he added.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, meanwhile, said it is coordinating with its Australian counterparts on the matter and is ready to provide assistance.

It also noted that based on information from the Royal Australian Navy, the HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Warramunga were conducting “a number of navy-to-navy engagements with partner nations” in Southeast and Northeast Asia.