Helicopter Crash at Camp Pendleton Kills 2 Marines, Sparks Wildfire

09/20/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Diego, CA – Two Marines were killed and a wildfire was sparked after a military helicopter crashed in a remote area of Camp Pendleton on Monday, September 19, 2011. The aviation accident occurred just after 1:05 p.m. at a training area near De Luz Road, just east of Fallbrook, reported Fox 5 San Diego.

According to officials, it is unknown what caused the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter to crash. The helicopter was not carrying any weapons on board when it went down.

The pilot and copilot on board of the helicopter were killed in the accident. The identities of the deceased have not been released.

The helicopter crash sparked a fire in the rugged mountains, which quickly grew to about 120 acres as it moved to the north and east. Marine officials had to request the help of Cal Fire to help battle the blaze.

The helicopter was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Investigations into the aviation accident and what caused the chopper to crash are underway.

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