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New River Marine who fell from Osprey identified

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Yesterday afternoon, U.S.M.C. officials identified Lance Corporal Steven M. Hancock as the Marine who fell from an Osprey Monday evening near Air Station New River in N.C.

The Marines were conducting a “familiarization” training flight onboard an MV-22B Osprey near White Lake, N.C. when Lance Corporal Hancock disappeared about 6:30 p.m. local time.

Hancock was listed as a crew chief with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based at the Marine Corp Aircraft Station New River, not Cherry Point as originally indicated.

Hundreds of Marines from both Cherry Point and New River, as well as several civilian agencies, mobilized for the massive air and ground search.

Rough terrain and dense foliage hampered rescued efforts for more than 40 hours. Hancock’s body was found in a blueberry field in Bladen County.

The Boeing-Bell Osprey MV-22B is a Tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft.

While the Osprey has a long history of controversy and malfunction, there is no indication there were issues with the aircraft at the time the Marine fell.

The accident remains under investigation

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