An MH-53 Sea Dragon (file photo of
type, right) helicopter from Helicopter Support Squadron (HC) 4,
suffered a mishap resulting in a fire on the ground at the fresh
water wash station on the taxiway at US Naval Air Station (NAS)
Sigonella August 10th at approximately 1950 local. Four crewmembers
were aboard at the time of the accident.
The crewmembers are all in stable condition, and the injuries
are being assessed. The names of the crewmembers are being withheld
pending notification of next of kin.
Firefighters and security from NAS Sigonella are at the scene of
the accident. The scene is secured and the fire was extinguished
quickly after the incident occurred. Damage to the aircraft is
extensive and is currently being assessed. The cause of the
accident is under investigation.