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Marine Helicopter Crash Kills One at Camp Pendleton

The Marines injured in the crash were transported to Scripps La Jolla Medical Center and Mission Hospital.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base
Salem-News.com photo by Bonnie King

(CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.) - One Marine is apparently dead and several others were injured around noon today in a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton.

The training flight originated from the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The aircraft is reported to be a modern version of the Vietnam era UH-1 'Huey'.

This version, the UH-1Y, is referred to as a 'Yankee Huey'.

FOX News talked to a Marine Major named Jay Delarosa, who said the aircraft crashed in the San Mateo area, situated at the northern end of the 125,000-acre Camp Pendleton Marine base, about 50 miles north of San Diego.

A news report from SignOn SanDiego in Southern California indicates that one Marine has died from injuries sustained in the crash, and that the crash started a small brush fire.

A Marine Corps spokesperson named Sgt. Derrick Carlson, told Reuters, "It was a training incident, we are flying training at Camp Pendleton all the time."

The Marines injured in the crash were transported to Scripps La Jolla Medical Center and Mission Hospital.





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