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Pendleton Marine dies in parachute training

Feb. 27, 2013 - 06:05AM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 - 06:05AM  |  
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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A Marine from Camp Pendleton was killed in a parachuting accident Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The accident happened during military training about 3 p.m. near Perris Valley Airport, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"He ended up landing just north of the airport" in a fenced-in storage lot, said Sgt. Lisa McConnell, a sheriff's department spokeswoman. Firefighters responded to the scene, but the Marine was dead when they arrived, McConnell said.

The name of the Marine was not released as officials were in the process of notifying the Marine's next of kin, said Capt. David Lim, a 1st Marine Division spokesman.

Division officials are investigating the accident. "This is training related," Lim said.

No other details about the incident were readily available.

Perris Valley Airport is about 30 miles north of Camp Pendleton.

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