All 5 Marines on board an Osprey plane that crashed throughout a coaching mission in the Southern California desert Wednesday have been killed, officials mentioned Thursday.
The 5 died “following an aviation mishap” involving the MV-22B Osprey close to Glamis, an space about 150 miles east of San Diego identified for its desert sand dunes and different off-road sights, the U.S. Marine Corps mentioned in a statement.
“We mourn the lack of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts exit to their households and pals as they address this tragedy,” Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding common of the third Marine Aircraft Wing, mentioned in the assertion.
The victims have been a part of Marine Aircraft Group 39, third Marine Aircraft Wing, an aviation squadron based mostly in San Diego, in line with the assertion. Their names weren’t launched.
“As a matter of coverage, identities of deceased service members will not be launched till 24-hours in any case next-of-kin notifications have been accomplished,” the assertion mentioned.
The plane was based mostly at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, in line with officials.
The crash was reported at 12:25 p.m. and navy firefighters and the Imperial County Fire Department responded to the scene.
The circumstances that led to the incident will not be clear.
Equipment restoration efforts have begun on the crash web site and the investigation is ongoing, officials mentioned.
“While navy service is inherently harmful, the lack of life is all the time troublesome,” the U.S. Marine Corps mentioned. “third Marine Aircraft Wing is dedicated to offering help to the households, pals, and fellow service members of the fallen Marines.”
The Osprey — which may take off and land like a helicopter, however fly like an airplane due to its “tiltrotor” engines — has had a troubled historical past over the two decades it has been flying in U.S. navy coaching workout routines and missions.
In March, an Osprey crashed throughout coaching workout routines with NATO allies in Norway, killing 4 U.S. Marines. The accident came about throughout excessive winter situations.
Even although the Osprey was concerned in crashes that killed greater than 30 individuals earlier than it went into service in 2007, the Marine Corps has stood behind the car as comparatively protected and efficient.