One marine was killed and nine others injured after their CH-53 Super Stallion (like the one shown above) was forced to make a hard landing at Camp Lejeune, NC during a training mission. The identity of the dead marine wouldn't be released for 24 hours, Capt. Ryan Alvis said in a statement obtained by Marine Corps Times.
One of the injured marines is in serious condition, while the injuries of the other eight were not classified as serious, base spokesperson Capt. Kendra Motz told MCTimes. The injured were sent to three different hospitals – Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville – but it wasn't clear how many marines were sent where or why.
The landing of the CH-53, from Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, is currently being investigated. This was the latest in a string of incidents involving military aircraft this year and the second to affect the base at Camp Lejeune. In March, a US Army Blackhawk crashed off Florida, killing its four-man crew and seven MARSOC marines based at the North Carolina base.