US sailor at Camp Pendleton in critical condition after being hit by a helicopter blade

This Nov. 9, 2017 photo provided by the U. S. Marine Corps shows a UH-1Y Venom helicopter on the way to Camp Schwab on Okinawa in Japan. It is the same type of helicopter in which the tail rotor blade struck a sailor at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base north of San Diego.

(Kpl. Hailey D. Clay/us Marine Corps via Associated Press)

An AMERICAN sailor was in critical condition Friday after being hit by a helicopter, the rotor blades in Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, military officials said.

The unknown sailor was hit by the rotating UH-1Y Venom helicopter tail rotor blade about 6:10 a.m., Wednesday.

Military officials refused to release more details, saying the incident is still under investigation.

The sailor was assigned to 34d Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, located north of San Diego.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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