Pa. Marine killed in copter crash

May 8, 2009 4:23:32 AM PDT
Military officials have identified the two Marine Corps pilots killed when a helicopter crashed in a remote section of a Southern California forest.

They are Capt. Jessica Conkling of Pennsylvania and 1st. Lt. Aaron Cox of Pulaski, Ark.

Conkling was 27 years old and Cox was 26. A military news release said Conkling is from Centre, Pa., but did not specify which of the localities with that name in Pennsylvania she is from. A public affairs official reached by phone Thursday night said that information would not be available until Friday morning.

Officials say they were on a training exercise when the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed shortly before midnight Tuesday in the Cleveland National Forest in eastern San Diego County.

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