WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. Marine pilots died when their helicopter crashed close to Yuma, Arizona, throughout a routine coaching mission, the Pentagon stated on Sunday.
The Marines have been flying an AH-1Z Viper helicopter as a part of a weapons and ways teacher course when the crash occurred late on Saturday, the Pentagon stated.
The reason for the crash is being investigated. The Pentagon stated the identities of the pilots wouldn’t be launched for 24 hours pending notification of subsequent of kin.
The AH-1Z Viper, a twin-engine assault helicopter constructed by Textron Inc subsidiary Bell Helicopter, entered manufacturing in late 2010. The Marine Corps was to accumulate a complete of 189 of the plane, in line with a March 7 information launch.
Reporting by David Morgan; Enhancing by Dan Grebler and Daniel Wallis