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Officials identify Marine who fell from Osprey during training flight

An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, currently attached to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, June, 4, 2013.

Military officials have identified the Marine who died after falling out of an MV-22B Osprey during a training flight Monday night.

Lance Cpl. Steven M. Hancock fell from the tilt-rotor aircraft, which functions as both a helicopter and airplane, at about 6:30 p.m. near Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

During a joint search by military and civilian agencies, crews from a military aircraft spotted Hancock's body Tuesday afternoon. It was found on state forestry land 96 miles south of Raleigh, according to Bladen County, N.C., Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.

Hancock was with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204, based out of MCAS New River.

"I want to pass along our sincere thanks to all who assisted us in recovering Lance Cpl. Hancock," Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, said in a statement. "This is a very tragic loss to 2nd MAW, Marine Aircraft Group 26 and VMMT-204, but your professional, compassionate and genuine care is welcomed and greatly appreciated."

Details surrounding Hancock's death are under investigation.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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