Two Marines Killed In AH-1Z Viper Helicopter Crash In Yuma Training Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper [Photo by Sgt. Aaron Patterson]

Two Marine pilots are dead after a crash occurred during a training exercise in Yuma, Arizona.

The as yet unidentified Marines were killed as a result of an AH-1Z Viper helicopter crash in the vicinity of Yuma at approximately 8:45 p.m., March 30, 2019, according to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

Both pilots were conducting a routine training mission as part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-19.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

The names of the two Marines will be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification, according to the USMC.


  1. remembering Cobra’s directly over head firing into our firefight the thousands of shells tumbling and whistling as they came down from above.. the noise and tracer fire quite impressive – Semper-Fi Marines just practicing and learning is life dangerous every day every time. Thank you gentlemen for your service and sacrifice – God Bless your families.

  2. As a reminder, Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, to honor the life of the two United States Marine pilots, Major Matthew M. Wiegand and Captain Travis W. Brannon, who tragically were both killed in the helicopter crash during a training mission near Yuma, Arizona on Saturday.
    Flags will also be lowered on the day of interment, which has not yet been set. All individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute to these two fallen marines.

    The Oracle

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