A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in a training exercise in North Carolina has left one Marine dead and 9 others wounded, one seriously. The chopper crashed during a hard landing made at Camp Lejeune.
The crash landing happened around 9PM Eastern on Wednesday Marine spokesperson Captain Ryan Elizabeth Alvis noted in a prepared statement according to The Washington Times. Captain Alvis also stated that the name of the Marine who was killed in the crash will not be released for twenty-four hours.
On Thursday morning, Camp Lejeune spokesperson Captain Kendra Moss said that eight of the wounded Marines received injuries that were not considered to be life threatening but one of the Marines continues to be listed in serious condition. The names of the nine wounded Marines have, also, not been released to the public.
The crashed helicopter was a CH-53E Super Stallion and had been stationed with the Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464 of the Marine Aircraft Group-29, Second marine Aircraft Wing. The Super Stallion has a top speed of 172 MPH and is considered the Marine Corps’ top helicopter.
Captain Alvis reported that most of the injured were immediately taken to the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune. Others have gone to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. The extent of the injuries and which Marines went where has not been released.
The Marine Corps stated that there was no further information to be released at the present time and that the chopper crash is under investigation.