One Marine Fatally Injured, Five Others Hurt In Training
A helicopter assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp
Pendelton, CA went down on Wednesday, fatally injuring one service
member. Five others were hurt in the accident.
UH-1Y File Photo
The aircraft was an upgraded "Huey", a UH-1Y known as a Yankee
Huey. The accident occurred in a remote mountainous area designated
for takeoff and landing practice. The Associated Press reports that
Marine Corps Spokesman Sgt. Derek Carlson said the identity of the
fatally injured marine was being withheld pending notification of
relatives. Of the five others hurt in the accident, at least three
were transported to nearby Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in
San Diego. A hospital spokeswoman did not specify the nature or
extent of their injuries.
Weather at the time of the accident was reported to be sunny,
but hot. An internal investigation of the accident is pending.