2 killed in helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) – A U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopter crashed at Camp Pendleton today, killing both personnel aboard and sparking a fire that scorched dozens of open acres.

The AH-1W Cobra went down for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. on a training ground in the southeastern reaches of the USMC station, near Fallbrook, according to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's public affairs office.

Both occupants died at the scene of the crash, Marine officials said. Base firefighters were dispatched to extinguish the resulting blaze, which soon grew to roughly 50 acres while expanding to the north and east. Air tankers and helicopters, four of each, were aiding ground crews in attacking the flames.

The cause of the fatal accident was under investigation, said Cpl. Steven Posy, a spokesman for the 3rd MAW.

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