Helicopter Collision Kills 7 Marines in Calif. Desert

News Source: The Associated Press by: Julie Watson–Photo credit (AP)

AH-1W Cobra and UH-1 Huey collided during night training in an area near Yuma, AZ, Wednesday, officials said, carrying 6 service members based in Camp Pendleton–Image provided by the US Marines shows a UN-1 “Huey” helicopter


SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Two Marine Corps helicopters collided over a remote section of the California desert during a nighttime exercise, killing seven Marines in one of the Corps’ deadliest training accidents in years. There were no survivors in the latest in a series of crashes involving troops from Camp Pendleton, officials said Thursday.

Two Marines were aboard an AH-1W Cobra and the rest were in a UH-1 Huey utility helicopter when the crash occurred Wednesday night near the Chocolate Mountains along the California-Arizona border, said Lt. Maureen Dooley with Miramar Air Base in San Diego.

Six of the victims were from Camp Pendleton — the largest base on the West Coast — and one was from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Their identities will not be released until their families have all been notified.

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