Marine Helicopter Crash

February 24, 2012 by staff 

Marine Helicopter Crash, A midair crash in the Chocolate Mountains between two U.S. military helicopters killed seven U.S. Marines. The crash happened during a routine training operations on Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. EST along to Arizona and California border near Yuma.

Marines were flying in a secluded area of a 1.2-million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex all part of a two-week training called “Scorpion Fire” that involves about 450 troops from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The aircraft’s that collided were an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter and a UH-1Y Huey utility chopper and were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and based at Camp Pendleton.

Of those seven killed, one was from Yuma, Arizona while the other six were based at Camp Pendleton, California.

According to Gunnery Sgt. Dustin Dunk, a spokesperson for Air Station Yuma, two other helicopters were in the immediate area of the collision. Authorities are investigating the Marine helicopter crash and it could take weeks before it’s determined what caused the crash between the helicopters.

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