On April 8, 2000, a crash during a training mission killed 19 Marines. Those fallen Marines were recently honored at the Marana Regional Airport. 

On that fateful night an Air Force V-22 Osprey stalled and crashed at the Marana Regional Airport, killing all 19 Marines on board. The aircraft was one of two flying night maneuvers and it went down as it was about to land. Initially blame was placed on the pilots, but after a lengthy investigation it was determined that the crash was caused by a “series of events.”

Every year the airport hosts a memorial to remember the fallen marines. The Marana Town Council and town staffers created a small memorial with a plaque listing the names of the deceased and a flagpole flying the U.S. flag, the Arizona State Flag, and the Marine Corps flag.

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