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Second Marine Dies, Two Others Remain Hospitalized After "Hard Landing" In Hawaii

Two of the Marines who had been hospitalized after a "mishap" on May 17 at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu have died.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:16 p.m. ET

Posted on May 17, 2015, at 8:12 p.m. ET

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Two U.S. Marines were killed Sunday and 20 others hurt after an aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii, U.S. military officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

The accident occurred when an MV-22 Osprey from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit "experienced a hard-landing mishap" while training, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement.

The aircraft was carrying 22 Marines when the crash happened.

Two Marines remain hospitalized, but are in stable condition as of Wednesday, Marine Corps officials said in a statement.

The remaining Marines were treated for injuries and had been released.

Honolulu firefighters responded to a call of a downed aircraft near Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanalo, Oahu, after 11 a.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

A city bus was used to transport victims, according to KHON-TV.

One of the Marines who died in the crash was identified on Monday as 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron from Spokane, Washington.

Barron worked as a tiltrotor crew chief and was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar previously."Words cannot express our sorrow at the tragic loss of this fine young man. He is the best our nation has to offer," said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer of Barron's unit, in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the families of all the Marines involved in Sunday's crash. If there is anything positive to relay in this situation it is that the heroic, selfless actions of the Marines aboard the aircraft along with the quick life saving actions of the civilian and military first responders.""We appreciate the thoughts, prayers, and support we have received as we continue to care for the injured and mourn our fallen Marine. We will continue our training, and we remain focused on ensuring that the MEU is fully prepared and postured as our nation's Global Response Force," the statement concluded.
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Barron worked as a tiltrotor crew chief and was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar previously.

"Words cannot express our sorrow at the tragic loss of this fine young man. He is the best our nation has to offer," said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer of Barron's unit, in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the families of all the Marines involved in Sunday's crash. If there is anything positive to relay in this situation it is that the heroic, selfless actions of the Marines aboard the aircraft along with the quick life saving actions of the civilian and military first responders."

"We appreciate the thoughts, prayers, and support we have received as we continue to care for the injured and mourn our fallen Marine. We will continue our training, and we remain focused on ensuring that the MEU is fully prepared and postured as our nation's Global Response Force," the statement concluded.

The second marine killed in the crash was identified Wednesday night as Lance Cpl. Matt Determan, 21, of Maricopa, Arizona, according to an official statement.

Determan was a rifleman assigned with the Marines and his awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.“Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer,” said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer, 15th MEU, in a statement. “Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us."
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Determan was a rifleman assigned with the Marines and his awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

“Lance Cpl. Determan represents the best America has to offer,” said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer, 15th MEU, in a statement. “Our country and our Corps are poorer for his loss, but his example will continue to inspire us."

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Bellows Air Force Station is used by the U.S. military primarily for training Marines.

"The Marines were conducting routine sustainment training at the time," the Marine Corps. statement said. "The 15th MEU departed San Diego May 10 on a seven-month deployment to the Pacific Command and Central Command areas of operation."

The Marine Corps Base Hawaii had alerted residents on Friday to increased noise in the area due to "amphibious operations and air training" at Bellows.

In their statement Monday, the Marine Corps stated training exercises in the area would continue until May 21.

"The incident is under investigation, and there have been no halt to MV-22 flight operations at this time," the statement read.

Nearby residents captured photos showing black smoke billowing from the crash site.

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Viewer Ken Quinata took this picture shortly after the crash. He says he saw the hard landing from 100 yards away

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View of #Bellows downed aircraft smoke from across Enchanted Lake, Kailua, Hawaii.

Video just into our newsroom of a downed helicopter at Bellows. Courtesy M. Raquinio @KITV4

Here is a picture of what's left at the Osprey crash site. Investigators are on the scene.

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