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Update: Fire 80% Contained After 2 Marine Helicopter Pilots Killed in Crash at Camp Pendleton

The Marine Corps chopper went down around 1 p.m. Monday in a training area near Fallbrook.

Updated at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

An investigation into Monday's helicopter crash on Camp Pendleton that killed two Marines continues Tuesday, with the fire sparked by the accident largely contained.

The crash ignited a brush fire that burned 120 acres, base officials said. It was 80 percent contained by Monday evening.

The AH-1W Cobra went down about 1 p.m. Monday during a routine training exercise in the southeast corner of the base, near Fallbrook.

The pilot and co-pilot aboard the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders, officials said. Their names have not yet been released.

The fire spread quickly, burning 50 acres within three hours after the crash.

Camp Pendleton firefighters, along with other units from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and the Fallbrook Fire Department, used at least four air tankers, four helicopters tankers, five strike teams, 12 hand crews and one forward air control aircraft to contain the fire, which burned in the southeast portion of the base near the border with De Luz and moved northeast, officials said.

The fire was about 80 percent contained and did not pose the threat of base evacuation by Monday night.

The crash is under investigation. No details about what may have caused the crash have been released.

Williemojorisin September 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM
RIP brave souls
laura September 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM
have they released the names???
Marine Watcher September 19, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Somebody needs to investigate the problems they are having. They have had too many accidents, and have lost too many brave men in the last year. It's heartbreaking to see the families suffer due to these needless deaths!! I will pray for these two fine Marines.
Vincent September 19, 2011 at 11:20 PM
laura, evidently not.
Vincent September 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Marine Watcher, These needless deaths!! These men were training to protect you, me and America. Freedom isn't free pal. May they rest in Peace and may God have mercy on their souls..
Sandy September 19, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Semper Fi to these two Brave souls. God Bless their families in this very difficult time from one MoM (Mother of Marine) to my beloved "sisters".
Jette September 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM
I agree with Marine Watcher. I lost a friend in 1980 in a helicopter crash at Pendleton, he was 19! It was the same story ending with "accident under investigation", and that is the last you will ever hear about it. I do understand that Freedom is not free, but let's find a way to train our young men and women (kids!)MORE in simulators or something BEFORE we put them up in these very expensive machines before they are ready. We have lost too many in training accidents on their own bases!
Kristy DeMont Wright September 20, 2011 at 04:54 AM
my son christopher is at pendelton right now in boot camp! rest in peace for the 2 fallen warriors!~ semper fi! i love you christopher please stay safe!
GT September 20, 2011 at 09:20 AM
our thoughts and prayers for the lost souls and the families left behind semper fi
Steve Barlow September 20, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Another tragic accident and loss of life. Thoughts and comfort to the families of these two brave soldiers.
Pastor Kat Demary September 20, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Sorry to "rant" at such a tragic time, but this article seems more about the fires than the loss of two brave Warriors' lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the famlies, brother and sister Marines who are feeling this loss. Signed, your USN Sister--a proud Navy Daughter, Mom and Aunt...Pastor "Kat" D.
carl j bland November 24, 2013 at 05:28 PM
One of these pilots was my son. NOVEMBER 24, 2013

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