1 killed in Camp Lejeune accident

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One Marine has been killed and 11 others injured when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina Wednesday night.

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

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.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement mourning the loss of the marine.

"[This] reminds us all of the dangers and sacrifices our military men and women and their families face as they protect our freedom and way of life," McCrory said.

The crash remains under investigation. Alvis said the name of the dead Marine will not be released until at least Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report