2 USMC helicopters in fatal crash killing 7 Marines.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. (February 23, 2012) Two helicopters belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing collided along the California/Arizona border just outside of the Yuma Training Range Complex killing seven Marines Feb 22. The aircraft, an AH-1W “Cobra” and an UH-1Y “Huey”, were conducting routine training operations around 8:00 p.m. when the incident occurred. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Light Attack Helicopters (Hueys and Cobras) are based out of Camp Pendleton. Six of the Marines were from Camp Pendleton and one was from Yuma. Identities of the Marines will be withheld until next of kin have been notified. The incident is currently under investigation. -USMC- 11:10:30/ 23Feb12