Marine falls out of Osprey during training flight

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 09:15 AM.

A New River Marine is missing after military officials say he fell out of an Osprey during training on Monday night.

The search for the Marine is taking place in Bladen County near White Lake. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office, Bladen County Emergency Management Services, N.C. Parks Department, N.C. Forestry, N.C. Highway Patrol and White Lake Fire Department are participating in the ground search. The Marine Corps is conducting a search by air.

A Marine spokesman said that the Marine fell out of the aircraft during a routine training mission around 7 p.m. Monday. He said the search would continue until the Marine is found.

The Osprey is based out of New River and is part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marine has been identified as a crew chief from New River, but the Marine's name had not been released.

About 1,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune and New River are on standby if needed for the search.

"It will be a progressive search focusing on accountability," said Lt. Hector Alejandro, media officer for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Cherry Point.

Alejandro said the search would follow the flight path, which consists of many kilometers.

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