Camp Lejeune identifies Marine killed in helicopter hard landing

RALEIGH, North Carolina — During a news conference Friday morning, the U.S. Marine Corps identified the lone Marine who was killed in a “high risk” training exercise at Camp Lejeune Wednesday night as Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis, 31, of Warrenton, Virginia.

The Marine Corps said Friday that the group of Marines involved in Wednesday night’s accident was training as part of an anti-terrorism task force.

At the time, about 20 Marines were participating in training that requires them to exit through the back of the helicopter using suspended ropes, according to a news release.

Lewis was the only Marine killed in the hard landing and 11 others were hurt. Two of those hurt remain in the hospital. Lewis was inside the helicopter when he was killed.

Officials would not say Friday how or why the helicopter had a hard landing, but they did say the phrase “hard landing” did not necessarily mean the helicopter crashed.

 

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