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U.S. Marines Still Hospitalized After Helicopter Hard Landing In Thailand

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.
CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.

Four U.S. Marines are still in the hospital today after their helicopter had a hard landing Wednesday in Thailand, during the Cobra Gold military exercise.

The CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter that went down was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 out of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.

It was originally reported yesterday that there were seven Marines aboard the aircraft. According to the Exercise Cobra Gold Facebook page, there were only four:

The families of the injured Marines have been notified. Right now the Marine Corps is focused on doing all it can to support the injured Marines and their families...

Multiple comprehensive investigations will take place to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.
Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Gregory Carrol wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes that the injuries of the four Marines are not life-threatening.

An estimated 13,000 troops from the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia are in Thailand for Cobra Gold.