YUMA, Ariz. – Two Marine pilots have died in a helicopter crash throughout a coaching mission in southwestern Arizona, U.S. Marine Corps officers mentioned Sunday.
The AH-1Z Viper crashed Saturday night time whereas the pilots had been conducting a coaching mission as a part of a weapons and tactical teacher course, in response to the Marine Corps. The reason for the crash is beneath investigation.
Capt. Gabriel Adibe, a Marine Corps spokesman, mentioned the helicopter crashed on the huge Marine Corps Air Station Yuma coaching grounds however no further info was instantly out there.
The names of the pilots who died haven’t been launched pending notification of their households.
The station is positioned about 2 miles (three.2 kilometers) from Yuma and the 1,300-square-mile (three,367-square-kilometer) coaching floor is among the world’s largest army installations.
There have been a number of deadly crashes involving Marine Corps plane close to Yuma over time.
In 1996, a Marine electronic-warfare airplane went down throughout a coaching mission on a gunnery vary close to the Gila Mountains, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of the Yuma station, killing all 4 folks aboard. The crew was from the Marine base at Cherry Level, North Carolina, and was coaching at Yuma.
Two Marine pilots, a crew chief and a Navy corpsman died in a 2007 crash of a search-and-rescue helicopter close to the Colorado River throughout a coaching mission. The crew members had been connected to a headquarters squadron of Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.
In 2012, seven Marines had been killed when an AH-1W Tremendous Cobra assault helicopter and a UH-1Y Huey utility helicopter collided in midair throughout a coaching train in a distant space of the Yuma coaching grounds. The crash website was within the Chocolate Mountains on the California aspect of the vary.