Marine helicopters collide at Camp Lejeune; 14 dead
May 10, 1996
Updated at: 3:40 p.m. EDT
CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (CNN) -- Fourteen U.S. servicemen were killed Friday morning when two U.S. Marine helicopters collided during massive U.S.-British war games.
Camp Lejeune spokesman Maj. Steve Little said a CH-46 Sea Knight and an AH-1 Cobra collided in a wooded area on the base at about 2 a.m. Twelve Marines, a Navy sailor and an Army soldier were killed.
Little said the Cobra had a two-man crew, and the CH- 46 had 14 people aboard, including a crew of four. The pilots of the CH-46 were the only survivors. One was in critical condition, the other escaped with minor injuries.
Over 50,000 military personnel from Britain and the U.S. are participating in the war games.
There have been nine Marine Corps aircraft crashes in 1996 -- the highest number of major accidents for that branch of the service in six years. The Corps suspended non-essential flight operations for two days in March to review safety rules.
- Marine flights suspended after 6th crash - March 27, 1996
- Marine chief grounds aircraft for review - March 26, 1996
- $30 million F-16 fighter jet crashes - March 20, 1996
- Navy jet crashes off California coast; 1 killed - February 24, 1996
- Navy orders all F14s to stop flying after another crash - February 22, 1996
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