Ambler Marine one of two killed in Arizona helicopter crash

Jay Scott Smith
April 01, 2019 - 9:23 pm
A Montgomery County Marine was among those killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Arizona.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County Marine was among those killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Arizona.

One of the two Marine pilots who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday has been identified as 34-year-old Maj. Matthew M. Wiegand of Ambler. 

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According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the pilots were conducting a routine training mission outside of Yuma, Arizona when the AH-1Z Viper crashed, killing Wiegand and 30-year-old Marine Capt. Travis Brannon of Nashville, Tennessee. 

Wiegand joined the Marines in 2008 and was previously deployed in Okinawa, Japan. Wiegand's awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Gold star.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of the fallen pilots. 

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.