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Pendleton Plane Crash Kills 2 Marines

August 02, 1985

Two Marines were killed Wednesday when their reconnaissance plane crashed during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton.

The dead were identified Thursday as Capt. Edward H. McDaniel, 28, an aerial observer from Colorado Springs, Colo., and 1st Lt. Darrell S. Tipples, 36, a pilot who lived at the Marine base. Both were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39 at Camp Pendleton.

The men died instantly when their OV-10 Bronco crashed about 10:30 a.m. near Interstate 5, south of the San Clemente immigration checkpoint, a base spokesman said.

The twin-engine, turbo-prop observation craft went down as the pilot was maneuvering toward a communications site.

Military officials are investigating the cause of the crash, said Marine Corps spokesman Sgt. Art Alejandre.

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