Two sailors from the aircraft carrier Midway were killed when a tour bus they were on overturned, the military’s Joint Information Bureau said today.
Five other U.S. sailors were injured, two of whom were in serious condition after the accident Sunday about 50 miles south of al-Dhafra air base in Abu Dhabi.
The sailors were on shore leave, taking an off-road tour in an all-terrain bus when the accident occurred, the military said.
A Navy spokesman said that because of the remoteness of the area, helicopters from the Midway flew to the scene to assist local authorities.
One of the injured was flown to the hospital ship Comfort and three to the Midway. The whereabouts of the fifth was not immediately known.
The accident brought the number of U.S. deaths in Operation Desert Shield to 80. On Saturday in the Mediterranean, a chartered Israeli ferry carrying U.S. sailors capsized while returning to the Saratoga from the Israeli port of Haifa, killing 21.