A US Navy sailor that was hit by the spinning rotor blade of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter has died.

A sailor assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing died early Saturday, Feb. 24 at Scripps La Jolla Medical Facility following injuries he sustained after he was struck by a spinning UH-1Y Venom rotor blade, military officials announced.

The incident occurred at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Capt. Morgan Frazer said.

The helicopter was on the flight line at the time of the incident, she said. One of the newest Marine Corps aircraft, the UH-1Y Venom is set to replace the UH-1N Huey in the Marine Corps aviation fleet. – The Orange County Register

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