The Latest on a Marine helicopter accident that killed 1

AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2015 10:01 AM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on a Marine helicopter crash that happened earlier this week in North Carolina:


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The Marines say that a member of the Corps killed during a helicopter ropes training exercise was a staff sergeant with an anti-terrorism fleet security team based in the Norfolk, Virginia area.

Col. Jeffrey Kenney said that Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were performing the training on Wednesday at Camp Lejeune when the accident occurred.

He said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis, 31, was a native of Warrenton, Virginia. He said Lewis was inside the helicopter when he was killed.

Kenney says the training allows them to use rappelling and fast ropes techniques to get into difficult terrain where aircraft may not be able to land.

The Marines say two injured service members remain hospitalized Friday, while nine have been treated and released.