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Sailor struck by helicopter blade in critical condition

A sailor is in critical condition after being struck by a spinning UH-IY Venom tail rotor blade.

The incident occurred at roughly 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton while the aircraft was still on the deck, according to a command press release issued Friday.

The sailor, who was not identified, was assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was transported to a local hospital.

Details of the incident were published by a command press release nearly two days after the incident.

An investigation is currently underway.

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