Two soldiers killed, 13 injured in two separate military helicopter incidents …

4 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1 Marine Killed, 9 Others Injured in North Carolina ‘Hard Landing’ in Helicopter.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on a helicopter incident that killed one Marine and injured 11 others at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina (all times local): The Marine Corps says a group of about 20 Marines was practicing exiting a helicopter by suspended ropes when the aircraft had to make a hard landing, killing one Marine and injuring 11. A Marine news release says the service members were practicing Helicopter Ropes Suspension Techniques in a Camp Lejeune training area known as Stone Bay. He said the accident “reminds us all of the dangers and sacrifices our military men and women and their families face as they protect our freedom and way of life.” Previously, officials had said nine Marines were injured and one killed in the Wednesday night incident. A Marine spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to questions about whether the dead or injured Marines were inside the aircraft, on the ground or suspended from a rope. Michael Rocco said in a statement regarding those fatalities: “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the two Marines we lost in this tragic accident.” In March, Reuters reported that 11 Marines were presumed dead in a helicopter crash off the coast of Florida.

An anonymous US military official told Reuters that that incident could possibly have been “among the deadliest domestic military training accidents in years.” In May, NPR reported that one Marine was killed during a training exercise in Hawaii. Following initial development by Boeing in 2000, Ospreys were deployed in the Iraq and Afghan wars, and were also used this past spring during aid missions to Nepal.

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