(WAIMANALO, Hawaii) — A second Marine has died as a result of injuries he sustained when an Osprey aircraft experienced a hard landing during a training flight in Hawaii, officials said.
Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan, 21, of Maricopa, Arizona, died Tuesday, according to a release from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
One other Marine was also killed Sunday, when the aircraft disappeared behind a cloud of red dust as it began to land around 11:40 a.m. at Oahu’s Bellows Air Force Station.
“Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer,” said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer, 15th MEU. “Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us.”
The Osprey was carrying 22 U.S. service members when it crashed. According to the Marines, 21 Marines and one Navy corpsman were on board. Three others remain hospitalized, but in stable condition.
Investigators said on Monday that they were not sure why the aircraft went down in Hawaii but that an investigation was ongoing and that there would be no change in Osprey flights.
“It’s too soon to determine exactly what caused the crash,” the Pentagon’s Warren said. “As of now there have been no safety messages, no adjustments to operations.”
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