Crash 'close to N Korea border'

It's reported that an American military helicopter has crashed near the North Korean border.

US military claims helicopter 'hard landing' near N Korea border

The US military claimed one of its helicopters carrying Marines executed a hard landing near the North Korean border "while conducting routine flight operations".

A statement said the US Marine Corp. CH-53E Super Stallion had 21 people on board including five crew members, all of whom were taken to hospital.

File photo of a CH-53E Super Stallion used by the US military.
File photo of a CH-53E Super Stallion used by the US military. Credit: REUTERS/US Marine Corps/Capt. Roger Hollenbeck/Handout

Fifteen people have been released from hospital and six are in a stable condition.

"A comprehensive investigation will take place to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident", the statement added.

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US to comment on reports of helicopter crash near N Korean border

A CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter similar to the one thought to be involved in an incident near the Korean border. Credit: Reuters

A statement is expected imminently from the US Marines following reports that an American military helicopter crashed near the North Korean border.

French news agency AFP said a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter was taking part in a joint drill with South Korean allies when the incident occurred but reported no casualties.

The Yonhap news agency said the helicopter came down in Cheorwon province, which borders North Korea.