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US sailor hit by helicopter blade in critical condition

February 24, 2018

This Nov. 9, 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows a UH-1Y Venom helicopter en route to Camp Schwab on Okinawa, in Japan. It's the same type helicopter whose tail rotor blade struck a sailor at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base north of San Diego. The incident happened Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, 2018, and the sailor is in critical condition. The military says no other details, including the sailor's identity, are being released at this time. (Cpl. Hailey D. Clay/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The military says a sailor was hit by a helicopter rotor blade at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, north of San Diego.

The sailor was in critical condition Friday after being struck by a spinning UH-1Y Venom helicopter tail rotor blade at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday.

The military declined to identify the sailor or release further details, saying the incident is under investigation.

The sailor was assigned to 34d Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton.

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