A Marine helicopter went down in Oahu, Hawaii today killing one Marine and injuring 12. There were 22 people on board the chopper and except for the one dead, the rest were all taken to the hospital for assessment.
The MV-22 Osprey was from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said the U.S. Marine Corps. It was accompanied by two other aircrafts which were conducting training exercises at around 11:40 am. Things went wrong when the chopper tried to land at the Bellows Air Force Station in the Waimanalo area of Oahu. It is not known yet what exactly caused the accident, but the chopper had a “hard landing” said the Marine Corps. Bystanders saw a cloud of grey smoke which slowly turned black. The helicopter caught fire and people rushed to help them. Medical personnel soon arrived and pulled the people out of the chopper.
— Fernando Pizarro (@fpizarro) May 17, 2015
The incident happened while the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy were planning on hosting 23 Pacific countries and defense leader, including Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. One of the events was the demonstration of the Marines and sailors landing on a beach in Hawaii.
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