WHITE LAKE — Hours after a United States Marine fell from an Osprey aircraft over Bladen County, crews continue to search for the missing person and an explanation.
The Marine was taking part in a “normal training mission” Monday at about 6:30 p.m. when the incident occurred, Mike Barton, Public Affairs director for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, told television news station WECT.
As of 9 a.m. today, the identity of the Marine had not been released because of privacy regulations but WECT reported that the Marine is a crew member on the MC-22B Osprey.
Barton told the station the Marine fell from the aircraft, which can take off like a helicopter but flies like a plane, about 45 miles west of where it is stationed at New River Air Station.
The Marine Corps along with local officers have set up base between White Lake and Bay Tree Lake and are searching woods in Bladen County. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has not been asked to assist in the search, according to spokesperson Randall Graham.