One dead in California crash of Marine helicopter

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 11:53 PM
One dead in California crash of Marine helicopter

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - One Marine was killed and five others were injured in the crash of a military helicopter at Camp Pendleton in southern California on Wednesday, the military said.

The five surviving victims are all Marines, and they were taken to local hospitals, said 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley, a Marine spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton.

Military officials did not immediately disclose the extent of their injuries, or the identity of the Marine who died.

The helicopter crashed in the north end of the 125,000-acre base, which is about 50 miles north of San Diego,

"It was a training incident, we are flying training at Camp Pendleton all the time," said Sgt. Derrick Carlson, a Marine spokesman.

The injured were taken to Scripps La Jolla Medical Center and Mission Hospital, Dooley said.

It was unclear if the Marine who died passed away at the scene of the crash or during treatment.

The helicopter was a UH-1Y and it was part of the Third Marine Air Wing, Dooley said.

(Reporting by Marty Graham, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Peter Bohan)