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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) ' A Marine Corps investigation has found that a bird strike caused a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton last year that killed two Marines.
The report, obtained by U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/KxrFT1), says the AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter collided on Sept. 19 with a red-tailed hawk that had a wing span of about 4 feet.
According to the report, the hawk hit the top of the helicopter and damaged the pitch change link. Almost immediately after impact, vibrations in the main rotor caused the rotor and top of the transmission to separate from the aircraft.
The helicopter fell in three pieces to the ground and the wreckage ignited a brush fire that burned more than 120 acres.
Investigators say both pilots on board were killed instantly.
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