KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A second U.S. Marine has been pronounced dead following a fiery MV-22 Osprey crash at Marine Training Area Bellows on Sunday, military officials confirmed.
Family members and sources close to the victim identified him as Matt Determan and said he died Tuesday from injuries sustained during the crash, which also killed 24-year-old Lance Corporal Joshua Barron and injured 20 others.
At least two of the Marines who were injured in the crash remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday, according to a Marine Corps. spokesperson.
The cause of Sunday's crash remains under investigation. Military officials say the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey was participating in training exercises with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit when it experienced a "hard landing" near a runway at Bellows, but few details surrounding the circumstances of the crash have been released.
In the days following the crash, U.S. Marine Corps. officials have stood by the safety record of the Osprey despite the fatal crash.
"I can tell you that MV-22s have been a very reliable aircraft," said Marine spokesman Capt. Alex Lim.
The Marines who were involved in Sunday's crash are from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego. They arrived in Hawaii on May 10 for a seven-month deployment, the military says. The approximately 4,500 Marines and sailors in the unit resumed their training on Monday.
The military wants to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard the crash on Sunday. They're also looking for people who helped pull Marines from the wreckage that day. In particular, they're hoping to find a woman who was wearing a blue shirt, possibly a Cub Scout shirt. Call 760-846-1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information.