PHITSANULOK – Five military personnel were injured Wednesday when a helicopter made a hard landing north of the central city of Phitsanulok during the Cobra Gold exercise.
Embassy spokesman Walter Braunohler said there were no fatalities in the incident, which involved a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter carrying US personnel taking part in the Cobra Gold joint military drills.
A source close to the exercises said two of the helicopter passengers were believed to need emergency surgery, while one sustained more minor injuries and a further three were unhurt.
The injured were transported to medical facilities for treatment, said U.S. Air Force Capt. Cody Chiles, a spokesman for Cobra Gold 2013. Neither the names nor nationalities of the injured were immediately released.
Cobra Gold is a multinational exercise, but most of the participants are U.S. soldiers and Marines and Thai troops. It is scheduled to conclude Thursday.
The CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter, with the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, made the hard landing around noon.
The incident is being investigated, Chiles said.