Seven U.S. Marines were killed when two helicopters collided Wednesday night during training in a remote area of far southeastern Imperial County, near the California-Arizona border. Six were from Camp Pendleton and another was from the Marine air station at Yuma, Ariz.
There were no survivors aboard the aircraft, the Marines said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The mid-air crash between the AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey was reported about 8 p.m. near sand dunes about a mile outside the military’s Yuma Training Range Complex, on federal Bureau of Land Management property.
It’s a dangerous business even in peacetime training, but you never quite grow used to this sort of thing.
Prayers for their families, if you’re the praying sort.