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Two Marines killed in helicopter crash are identified

2 Marines killed in helicopter crash at Twentynine Palms were part of a Camp Pendleton-based squadron

The two Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission at Twentynine Palms were from a squadron based at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said Sunday.

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield were the only Marines aboard a UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed Friday afternoon at the sprawling desert base, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

The two were from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169.

Lt. Col. James Isaacs, the squadron commander, said the two "were both outstanding Marine Corps officers and talented helicopter pilots."

"I was fortunate to have the distinct honor of serving as their commanding officer," Isaacs said.

Kealey, 32, of Indiana, Pa., was a pilot and a weapons training instructor. She had been deployed to Afghanistan and twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Her awards include three Strike/Flight awards and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award.

Satterfield, 25, of Oldham, Ky., a pilot, had supported training operations in Southern California.

The crash is under investigation.

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