Five crew were plucked from the ocean off Denmark on Thursday after a Sea King helicopter crashed while practising night landings on a Canadian destroyer.
Mind you, it's all a matter of semantics:
Col. Al Blair, commander of the Sea King squadron at Shearwater air base near Halifax, said at a news conference later that military investigators were preparing to go to crash site.
He was asked if the incident was being regarded as a crash or a controlled ditching.
"Ditching can be either," Col. Blair replied. "There's controlled ditching and uncontrolled — and at this point we don't know which it was.
So it's not a "crash," it's an "uncontrolled ditching." From those fine folks who brought you "collateral damage." And "friendly fire."