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Marine Osprey Crash in Hawaii Claims Life of Second Corporal

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:40 AM

A second Marine died Tuesday of injuries sustained in an Osprey aircraft crash during a training exercise in Hawaii. Two other Marines injured in the crash remain hospitalized and are in stable condition.

The Associated Press reported via Yahoo that 21 Marines and one Navy Corpsman were aboard the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on Sunday when it went down outside a Honolulu base. It originally took off from the USS Essex, a Navy ship stationed roughly 100 miles offshore.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington died in the crash, while Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan, 21, of Maricopa, Arizona died Tuesday in the hospital.

Capt. Brian Block confirmed the latest death on Wednesday, and reported two other Marines are in stable condition. Details about what may have caused the crash were not reported, and the incident remains under investigation.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Determan was previously stationed at Camp Pendleton before deploying with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

"Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer," Col. Vance L. Cryer, the unit's commanding officer, said in a statement. "Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us."

The crash initially raised some concerns about the general safety of the Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter, but also fly like an airplane. The Marines did not discontinue training exercises after the crash, and said they do not intend on grounding the Osprey fleet.

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