US Military searches for three lost Marines

Trevor Jackson
Августа 6, 2017

Three U.S. Marines are missing after an MV-22 Osprey from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit "entered the water" Saturday off of Australia's east coast.

The Osprey is an assault-support aircraft with the capability to land and take off vertically. The MV-22 Osprey aircraft was trying to land on a ship during a training exercise conducted by US marines and the Australian Army.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has tweeted about the incident, reporting Marine Corps have announced a search and rescue after the MV-22 crash.

Twenty-three of the 26 personnel on board have been rescued, the US Marine Corps said.

'Our thoughts are with the crew and families affected'.

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An Osprey MV-22 helicopter carrying members of the Marine Corps crashed near Rockhampton off the Queensland coast, Australia on Saturday afternoon.

Three servicemen were missing, believed dead, while 23 others have been accounted for, The Herald Sun reported. In mid-July, 15 Marines died and one Navy corpsman was killed when their military plane crashed in a MS field. A search and rescue operation has been launched for the same. Since becoming operational in 2007 there have been five further crashes and several other incidents that have resulted in a further nine deaths.

Ospreys were believed to have been used in the recent Talisman Saber joint military exercises conducted by the USA and Australia.

It is unclear what caused the aircraft to crash.

Recall that the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey is a hybrid aircraft and helicopter, which is capable of vertical takeoff. It also has the ability to travel much faster than a helicopter.

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