A Navy flight surgeon who was struck by a spinning helicopter blade at Camp Pendleton has died, military authorities reported.
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The victim was identified Sunday as Lt. James A. Mazzuchelli, 32, a native of Orange Park, FL, who was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, stationed at Pendleton.
“Lt. James Mazzuchelli was an incredibly talented physician and sailor,” said Col. Matthew Mowery, his commanding officer. “His willingness to join the Navy and elect to serve faithfully with the Marines should give a sense of pride to all of us who serve our country that we are surrounded by heroes every day. James and his contribution to our corps will be sorely missed.”
The accident occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mazzuchelli was struck by the spinning tail rotor blade of a UH-1Y “Venom,” according to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing public affairs.
Paramedics took Mazzuchelli to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday — a little more than two days after the incident.
The incident remains under investigation.
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