- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2015

The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday identified the Marine killed in a helicopter training accident this week as 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis.

U.S. Marines confirmed Staff Sgt. Lewis was stationed in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and was assigned to Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company B Marine Corps Security Force Regiment of Yorktown, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Lewis was a native of Warrington, Virginia.

SEE ALSO: 1 Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter hard landing in North Carolina

“Out thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and we mourn this tragic loss of life,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kenney during a Friday morning news conference.

Lt. Col. Kenney said Staff Sgt. Lewis was at Camp LeJeune as a student attending a helicopter ropes suspension technique course.

Staff Sgt. was killed Wednesday when a heavy-lift helicopter he was riding in made a hard landing during a nighttime training exercise at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. Eleven other Marines were injured in the accident.

The Marines said a hard landing generally describes “when an aircraft impacts the ground with a greater vertical speed and force than a normal landing, typically after a rapid or steep descent.”

The helicopter was assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464, Marine Aircraft Group-29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The helicopter is the Marine Corps‘ primary heavy lift helicopter. It has a top speed of 172 mph, The Associated Press reported.

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