5 Marines dead after aircraft crashes in California desert

5 Marines dead after aircraft crashes in California desert

All five Marines aboard an Osprey were killed in the crash Wednesday afternoon in a remote area of California, according to the Marine Corps.

The MV-22 Osprey, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, went down in a desert area near Glamis, California, Maj. Mason Englehart confirmed to CBS News. The crash occurred at around 12: 25 p.m. local time.

” We mourn the loss of our Marines during this tragic mishap,” Maj. General Bradford J. Gering stated in a statement on Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends as we deal with this tragedy.”

The military said the identities of the service members will not be released until 24 hours after their next-of-kin has been notified.

Officials said that the investigation has begun and equipment recovery efforts have been started.

Earlier, Naval Air Facility El Centro stated that there was no nuclear material aboard the aircraft, contrary to initial reports.

Glamis is located in rural Imperial County, about 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s base is at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The Osprey was, however, based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. Englehart stated. Both are located in San Diego County.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

The Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that moves troops and supplies, is described to Marines .. It can fly like a plane, and can take off and land as a helicopter.

Prior to Wednesday’s crash, Osprey crashes had caused 46 deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Most recently, four Marines were killed when a Marine Corps Osprey crashed on March 18 near a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle while participating in a NATO exercise. In 2017, three Marines were killed when their MV-22B Osprey crashed off Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine was killed and 21 were injured when their MV-22 Osprey caught fire during a “hard landing” in Hawaii.
The Osprey is a joint venture between Bell Helicopter Textron (Boeing) and Boeing.

Its development was marked by deadly crashes, including an April 2000 accident in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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