One Marine was killed and 21 others hurt Sunday when a helicopter at Bellows Air Force Station experienced a “hard landing,” the U.S. military said Sunday. The incident took place just as the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy this week were hosting defense leaders from around the Pacific.
An MV-22 Osprey from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed during a training exercise around 11:40 a.m. local time with 22 on board, according to a statement released by the Marines. It didn’t provide details about the conditions of the injured.
The Marines were training at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is based at Camp Pendleton in California. Since May 10, the unit has been on a seven-month deployment to the Pacific Command and Central Command areas of operation, the Marines said in a statement.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines were expected to attend this week’s meeting, along with U.S. partners like Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Altogether, 23 nations were joining the meeting, which was to include an opportunity to watch U.S. Marines and sailors demonstrate landing forces on a Hawaii beach.
SOURCE: USA Today – Greg Toppo