Marine who fell from Osprey in NC is identified

From staff reportsMay 21, 2014 

— The U.S. Marine Corps has released the name of the Marine who was killed when he fell from an NV-22B Osprey during a training flight on Monday and says it is still investigating why he fell.

Lance Cpl. Steven M. Hancock fell from the Osprey about 6:30 p.m. Monday near White Lake, about 45 miles west of Marine Corps Air Station New River, according to the Corps. A Marine Corps aircraft spotted his body from the air at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and directed searchers on the ground.

The Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, meaning it can rotate its engines to land vertically. Hancock, whose age and hometown were not released, was working with a training squadron in the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing on what the Marine Corps described as a “familiarization training flight.”

Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, thanked the various military and civilian agencies and volunteers who helped find Hancock, saying the death was “a very tragic loss.”

“We understand that many will continue to have questions regarding the cause of this tragic event -- and we are committed to investigating it to our utmost ability,” Hedelund said in a statement. “We ask only for patience to allow us to conduct it thoroughly, and to give Lance Cpl. Hancock's family time to properly grieve the loss of this great young American.”

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