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1 killed in Marines helicopter incident at Camp Lejeune

Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-03 11:56:46-04

CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina –One service member was killed and as many as 10 others were injured when a U.S. Marines helicopter had a hard landing Wednesday night at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marine Corps said.

A CH-53E helicopter made the landing at about 9 p.m. during a training exercise, the Marine Corps said. Further details weren’t immediately available.

Seven service members were treated at a hospital at Camp Lejeune; one was admitted and was in stable condition, while the others were scheduled for release, according to the Marine Corps.

Three others were taken to a different hospital and were in stable condition, the service said.

The incident is under investigation.

A CH-53E helicopter belonging to Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464, Marine Aircraft group-29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing experienced a hard landing while conducting training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., at approximately 9 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015, resulting in one fatality.

According to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL), one service member was transferred there via air MEDEVAC and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Seven service members were treated initially at NHCL; six have been evaluated and are scheduled for release while one has been admitted and is in stable condition.

Additionally, three service members were transferred to Onslow Memorial Hospital and are in stable condition. One service member is
in transit to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.

The identity of our lost service member will be withheld until 24 hours after next of kin has been notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

The incident is under investigation and no additional detail is available at this time.