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2 previous Hawaii military crashes involved Marine aircraft

An MV-22 Osprey crash at Bellows Air Force Station crashed in 2015, killing two Marines. File Image (Image Source: Ken Quinata) An MV-22 Osprey crash at Bellows Air Force Station crashed in 2015, killing two Marines. File Image (Image Source: Ken Quinata)
A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashed at Kaneohe Bay in 2011, killing one. A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashed at Kaneohe Bay in 2011, killing one.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The late-night collision of two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters off Oahu’s North Shore comes less than a year after the deadly crash of a Marine Corps Osprey at Bellows Air Force Base.

On May 17, two Marines were killed and 20 were injured when an MV-22 Osprey crashed during predeployment training. An Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter and an airplane.

An investigation released in November found the crash was caused by pilot performance and an improper survey of the landing zone.

Meanwhile, the last time Hawaii saw a Marine helicopter crash was in March 2011.

In that incident, a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter crashed into Kaneohe Bay, killing a Marine and injuring three others.

The helicopters that crashed off the North Shore late Thursday were CH-53E Super Stallions.

In the 2011 incident, the helicopter crashed on a sandbar and crumbled to pieces. An investigation determined the crash was caused by catastrophic mechanical failure.

The helicopter was taking part in a training flight when it crashed from an altitude of about 300 feet.

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