YUMA, AZ - Authorities have identified seven Marines who died when two helicopters collided Wednesday night during training near Yuma.
Families across the country are mourning the victims who came from cities as far east as Montville, Conn. west to Spokane, Wash.
The two helicopters, an AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1 Huey belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Six Marines were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The seventh victim was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
The Huey and Cobra helicopters collided mid-air around 8 p.m. Wednesday in a rugged area of the Chocolate Mountains, about 65 miles northwest of Yuma.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
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