Indiana County Native Among 2 Marines Killed in Helicopter Crash

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SAN DIEGO, Ca. (EYT) – Officials have released the identities of two Camp Pendleton Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training drill Friday near Twentynine Palms.

MCAS Miramar officials say Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, (above) and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25, were killed when a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed around 4:40 p.m. on Friday.

Kealy and Satterfield were the only two aboard the helicopter.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of our fallen Vipers, and we stand poised to support them in this tragedy,” said Lt. Col. James M. Isaacs, commanding officer of HMLA-169. satterfield

“Capt. Kealey and 1st Lt. Satterfield were both outstanding Marine Corps officers and talented helicopter pilots. I was fortunate to have the distinct honor of serving as their commanding officer.”

Kealey, of Indiana, Pa., joined the Marine Corps in May 2005. She was as a helicopter pilot and weapons training instructor. According to military authorities, she was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and once during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Satterfield, of Oldham, Ky., (on right) joined the Marine Corps in June of 2011. He served as a UH-1Y helicopter pilot and was part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the two Marines we lost in this tragic accident,” said 3rd MAW Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Michael A. Rocco. “We at 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing stand ready to provide support to their families.”

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident.


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