Human error blamed in deaths of 7 Marines during training
May 29th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Human error blamed in deaths of 7 Marines during training

By Barbara Starr

Human error is to blame for a mortar round explosion that killed seven U.S. Marines and injured eight other service members during a training exercise in Nevada this year, the Marines said on Wednesday.

An investigation of the March 18 incident at Hawthorne Army Depot revealed that "the Marines employing one of the mortars did not follow correct procedures, resulting in the detonation of a high explosive round at the mortar position," the Marines said in a statement.

"The investigation also determined that the mortar section had not conducted appropriate preparatory training leading up to" the nighttime training session, the Marines said.

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  1. bill

    Good. That means they can't steal cars, deal drugs and stolen military equipment later. Semper dirt nap Gunny. No cool pictures posing with the spattered body parts and brain salad showing thumbs up like Abu Ghraib? Why not? Ain't the gang proud when they blowed up real good? Hopefully it happens again.

    June 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply

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