MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed today in the United Arab Emirates, killing three people aboard and seriously injuring another, the U.S. Navy said.

Lt. Cmdr. Bruce Cole, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, said the CH-46 Sea Knight from the supply ship USS White Plains crashed near the town of Siji in the emirate of Fujairah.

The names of the four people aboard were not disclosed, pending notification of relatives.

The White Plains is currently in port at Jebel Ali in the Persian Gulf.

''The helicopter was returning to the ship from Fujairah where it had gone as part of a routine logistics mission,'' Cole said.

Cole said it appeared there was no hostile action linked to the crash.