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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two Marine pilots who died in a helicopter crash during a training mission in southwestern Arizona.
U.S. Marine Corps officials said Monday that the victims were 34-year-old Major Matthew M. Wiegand of Ambler, Pennsylvania, and 30-year-old Captain Travis W. Brannon of Nashville, Tennessee.
The two Marine pilots we lost this weekend in an AH-1Z Viper accident have been identified as Maj. Matthew M. Wiegand, 34, of Ambler, Pennsylvania and Capt. Travis W. Brannon, 30, of Nashville, Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/Br2wneuoAa
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) April 2, 2019
They say the cause of Saturday night’s crash on the vast Marine Corps Air Station Yuma training grounds remains under investigation.
Marine Corps officials say the AH-1Z Viper crashed while the pilots were conducting a training mission as part of a weapons and tactical instructor course.
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