A U.S. Army helicopter crashed while landing on a Navy ship during training Wednesday off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring seven people and damaging the aircraft, officials said. The H-60 helicopter made a hard landing on the USNS Red Cloud cargo vessel around 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of Okinawa, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement, adding that the cause was under investigation. Okinawa is home to most of the tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Japan. The injured were transported to a Navy hospital, the statement said. Their conditions were not available.
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