Two marine pilots have died in a helicopter crash during a training mission near Yuma, Arizona, U.S. Marine Corps officials confirmed on Sunday, March 31.
The AH-1Z Viper crashed on Saturday, March 30, while the pilots were conducting a routine training mission as part of the WTI (Weapons and Tactics Instructor) course 2-19.
According to a statement released by the Marine Corps Air Station, the crash unfolded at around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night.
Additional information - including what caused the crash - was not immediately available. The investigation is still going on.
A spokesman for the Marine Corps, Capt. Gabriel Adibe, said that the helicopter crashed on the vast training grounds of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
The identifications names of the late pilots have not been. However, as per the report, their families has already been informed.
The station is about 2 miles away from Yuma. The 1,300-square-mile training ground has been listed as one of the world's largest military installations.
This is not the first fatal crash involving Marine Corps aircraft near Yuma over the years. Most recently in 2012, seven Marines were killed when an AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey collided during a training exercise near Yuma training grounds.
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