JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A Marine Corps helicopter crashed into a river during night training exercises at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, killing three crewmen and injuring two others, a base spokesman said Tuesday.
The CH-46 Sea Knight troop transport helicopter plummeted into the New River at about 11 p.m. Monday after attempting to land on a simulated deck of an amphibious ship during night training with a second helicopter, said Capt. Alan Crouch.
"All I know is that it went into the water about 500 yards offshore," Crouch said. "They were practicing nighttime operations and one landed on the deck and the other went into the water."
The pilot and co-pilot were hospitalized in stable condition, and the bodies of the three crewmen were retrieved from the helicopter. The names of the deceased had not been released pending notification of their families.