Camp Pendleton, California: helicopter crash kills two US marines
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Two U.S. Marines were killed at , California when their AH-1W Cobra Helicopter, belonging to the , crashed on Monday at about 1 p.m. local time. The crash occurred in the southeast corner of the base, near the community of .
The Marines were pronounced dead at the scene. They were named as Captain Jeffrey Bland and First Lieutenant Thomas Heitmann.
The crash started a brush fire that reportedly spread to about 50 acres in three hours, later 120 acres, but was about 80% contained, within the base, by Monday evening. The Fallbrook Fire Department andare assisting.
The crash is the latest in a series of accidents in southern California involving
- Gretel C. Kovach. "Pendleton copter crash kills 2 Marines" — , September 20, 2011
- Associated Press. "Training flights suspended after Calif. air crash" — , September 20, 2011
- "2 Dead In Camp Pendleton Helicopter Crash Identified" — , September 20, 2011
- Associated Press. "Helicopter Crash At US Base Kills 2 Marines" — , September 19, 2011