Fire Forces Osprey Down In Onslow County

A fire in an engine covering forced an Osprey helicopter to make a forced landing last night near Holly Ridge.

The aircraft was from the New River Air Station. Marines say the aircraft developed a fire in a nacelle, or engine covering and set down in a landing zone on Camp Lejeune.

A news release says the crew activated on-board fire suppression systems, landed and evacuated the Osprey without injury.

The Marine Corps says the fire caused significant damage to the engine covering.

It's not the first Osprey incident involving a fire in a nacelle. In 1992, while in testing, a fire in one of the aircraft's nacelles caused the plane to drop into the Potomac River outside of Washington, DC, killing all seven crew members.

Marines say they're investigating what caused last night's fire.

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