Two Marines killed in helicopter crash near Yuma identified

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 19:36:58-04

YUMA, Ariz. (KGTV) -- The Two U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash near Yuma, Arizona Sunday have been identified.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Monday that the victims were 34-year-old Major Matthew M. Weigand of Ambler, Pennsylvania and 30-year-old Captain Travis W. Brannon of Nashville, Tennessee.

Both men were pilots previously assigned to Camp Pendleton.

"It is a somber day for the entire Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC) as we mourn this tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers remain with their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time," said Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr.

According to ABC, both servicemen were killed while flying an AH-IZ Viper helicopter during a routine training mission.

The training was part of a weapons and tactics instructor course, according to the Marine Corps.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.