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Marines: 2 killed in helicopter training accident

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:47 PM EDT, Mon September 19, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The AH-1W Cobra goes down at Camp Pendleton in Southern California
  • The victims die at the scene

(CNN) -- Two people were killed Monday in a helicopter accident at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Southern California, according to a statement from the military.

The statement did not identify the victims or provide details on the accident beyond saying an AH-1W Cobra helicopter "went down" around 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) in a training area on the base near Fallbrook, California. The victims died at the scene, the statement said.

An earlier statement from the Marine base said there were two personnel on board the helicopter, and the later statement did not indicate any other personnel were involved.

A brush fire was sparked by the accident and fire crews were on hand containing it, the military said.

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