Helicopter Collision Kills 7 Marines in California Desert

5:32 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two military helicopters collided over the California desert during nighttime training exercises, killing seven Marines.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday and involved an AH-1W Cobra that carries two crew members and a UH-1 Huey utility helicopter carrying the other five service members.

Lt. Maureen Dooley said six of them were from Camp Pendleton and one was from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona.

The aircraft collided in a remote portion of the Yuma Training Range Complex on the California side of the Chocolate Mountains very close to the Arizona border.

The crash is under investigation and Dooley said she had no details as to what could have occurred.

She said it will be at least 24 hours before the Marine Corps releases the names of those killed.

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