Marine missing after fall from aircraft in N.C.

U.S. Marine personnel and sheriff’s deputies in at least two counties are looking for a Marine who apparently fell from an aircraft Monday evening.

A spokeman for the Marines said the missing service member was with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and was aboard an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The Marine apparently fell from the vehicle about 6:30 p.m., about 45 miles west of the Marine Corps Air Station in New River.

The Osprey aircraft can take off like a helicopter and then fly like an airplane.

Sheriff’s offices in Onslow and Bladen counties are involved in the search, along with authorities from other nearby counties. The incident took place near White Lake, which is in Bladen County.

The Marines said the missing person’s name is not being released due to privacy regulations.