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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on a Marine helicopter crash that happened earlier this week in North Carolina:

9:30 a.m. – 9/4/2015

of the Corps killed during a helicopter ropes training exercise was a staff sergeant with an anti-terrorism fleet security team based in the Norfolk, Virginia area.

Col. Jeffrey Kenney said that Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were performing the training on Wednesday at Camp Lejeune when the accident occurred.

He said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis, 31, was a native of Warrenton, Virginia. He said Lewis was inside the helicopter when he was killed.

Kenney says the training allows them to use rappelling and fast ropes techniques to get into difficult terrain where aircraft may not be able to land.

The Marines say two injured service members remain hospitalized Friday, while nine have been treated and released.

A Marine Corps helicopter sits in the sand where it made an emergency landing Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Solana Beach, Calif. Lenny Ignelzi / AP
A Marine Corps helicopter sits in the sand where it made an emergency landing Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Solana Beach, Calif. Lenny Ignelzi / AP

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on a CH53-E Super Stallion helicopter incident that killed one Marine and injured 11 others at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina (all times local):

10:25 a.m. – 9/3/2015

The military now says that 11 U.S. Marines were injured and one killed when a helicopter made a hard landing at a base in North Carolina.

Previously, officials had said nine Marines were injured and one killed in the Wednesday night incident. Officials say the CH-53E helicopter came down hard during a training exercise around 9 p.m. They describe a hard landing as an aircraft landing with greater speed and force than normal, typically after a fast descent.

Officials said in a statement Thursday morning that two Marines remained hospitalized in stable condition. Six were treated and released, and three more have been evaluated and are scheduled for release.

7:15 a.m. – 9/3/2015

and 9 others were hurt when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement that the CH-53E helicopter came down hard during a training exercise around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Alvis said the name of the dead Marine will not be released for 24 hours.

Alvis said a number of the injured were taken to the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. Others were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville and one was sent to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Alvis said the landing is being investigated. No other information was immediately available.

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