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Marine from Kansas killed in crash

May 31, 2006

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— A Marine from Girard was killed in Iraq during the weekend when the helicopter he was in crashed into a lake during a maintenance flight in Anbar province, a Marine spokesman said Tuesday.

Cpl. Ricky Bennett, a 1999 graduate of Girard High School, died Saturday along with the pilot of the helicopter, said Capt. Martin Horner, with the U.S. Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Mo.

Bennett's body was recovered from Al Habbaniyah Lake on Tuesday.

Bennett was part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 16th Marine Air Group, HMLA 169. The accident remains under investigation by the U.S. Marine Corps.

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