Marine Helicopter Crashes in Arizona

A U.S. Marine Corps search-and-rescue helicopter with five people on board crashed during a training flight over southwest Arizona and a search was under way Friday. The fate of those aboard wasn't immediately known.

Marine Helicopter Crashes in Arizona
The HH-1N Huey chopper assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma was last heard from at about 4 p.m. Thursday, Marine Sgt. Ryan O'Hare said. He said Friday he didn't know if the wreckage had been found or if there were survivors.

Helicopters and planes from the Marines, Air Force and U.S. Border Patrol had been searching for the overdue aircraft, which had been flying near the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground, O'Hare said.

Four Marines and one Navy sailor were on board the missing chopper, O'Hare said.

The Yuma Proving Ground is a sprawling 1,300-square-mile military reservation along the Arizona-California border used to test combat systems and as a helicopter test center.

The missing aircraft was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at the Marine Corps Air Station. The Yuma facility is the home base for several air squadrons and is the world's busiest Marine Corps air station.

In 2005, a Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed into a neighborhood near the air base but the pilot had only minor injuries and no one on the ground was hurt.

Hueys, first produced in 1956, are Vietnam War-era workhorses. New aircraft are scheduled to replace them beginning in 2008.

AP
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