March 4, 2024

Marine Helicopter Crash Victim Identified as 23-Year-Old Arizona Newlywed

One of the 5 marines killed in a Thursday helicopter crash in California has been recognized as 23-year-old newlywed Sgt. Alec Langen.

The younger Arizona native had simply been married final month. The chopper he was in failed in stormy climate on the way in which to an air station close to San Diego, in line with NBC7. 

The plane was “reported overdue” on Tuesday evening after it departed from Creech Air Force Base outdoors of Las Vegas, Nevada, Breitbart News reported.

Following an intensive search via tough terrain, the wreckage was found on Thursday about 45 miles from its vacation spot within the snowy California mountains.

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the ‘Flying Tigers,’” Maj Gen Michael J Borgschulte, commander of the third Marine Aircraft Wing, stated in an announcement following information of the helicopter being discovered.

“Alec Langen was one of the Marines that was on board the helicopter that crashed on Tuesday,” the grieving household stated in an announcement to the native NBC station. “We will miss him dearly.”

Langen was serving as Crew Chief on the helicopter when he died.

According to his father, Steven Langen, Alec dreamed of following him in turning into a Marine.

“Ever since he was three, he was like, ‘I want to do what daddy did,’” the heartbroken father told ABC15. “I did the same thing. I was in the same helicopter, same everything, from ’86 to ’95.”

“Being a Marine to Alec was everything. Steve pinned his wings on him when he finished training. He idolized his father,” Alec’s mom, Caren Langen, stated.

The mourning mom added that she is “grateful” to the primary responders that looked for her son’s physique.

The U.S. Marine Corps later recognized the remaining 4 crew members as Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, Capt. Jack Casey, 26, and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28.

There is an open investigation into the reason for the crash, officers added Thursday. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) stated that “California joins the nation in mourning the tremendous loss of these Marines.”

“Their dedication to serving our country will always be remembered,” he stated in an announcement obtained by NBC 7.