One Marine has been killed and 9 others were injured after a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement said the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter came down hard during a training exercise around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Alvis the name of the dead Marine would not be released for 24 hours. Capt. Kendra Motz, a base spokeswoman, said Thursday morning one of the injured Marines was in serious condition and the other eight Marines suffered minor injuries. Their names have not been released.
Alvis said some of the injured were taken to the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, while others were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville and one was sent to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Alvis confirmed that the landing is currently under investigation.
The helicopter was assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464, Marine Aircraft group-29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The helicopter is the Marine Corps’ main heavy lift helicopter and it has a top speed of 172 mph.
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