Four Marines killed and one missing in California aircraft crash, military confirms

Four Marines were killed and one remains missing when an Osprey plane crashed in the California desert, according to a military official.

The Marine Corps craft fell while training in a remote area of ​​Imperial County near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis, about 30 miles north of the Mexican border and more than 150 miles east of San Diego on Wednesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the investigation is still ongoing, the Associated Press reports.

The tiltrotor aircraft had five Marines on board and was based at Camp Pendleton with Marine Aircraft Group 39 and was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, Calif.,” 1st Lt. Duane Kampa, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement. “Military and civilian first responders are on site.”

Naval Air Facility El Centro, which is about 30 miles from the crash site, says that contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the plane.

“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, Calif. Military and civilian first responders are on scene. Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board More information will be made available as we receive it,” base officials said on Facebook.

Rescuers are looking for a fifth person who was on board the plane, according to dispatchers.

“NAFEC has just received reports of an aircraft being shot down in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. The facility, Federal Fire Department and Imperial County Fire Department are responding,” the statement said. Naval Air Facility El Centro Facebook page.

“I have no further details at this time as facts will be verified and available information will be posted on the base’s Facebook page. Please be patient as the installation team works through this emergency.

Officials say the Osprey was based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Ospreys are flown by the Marines, Navy, and Air Force to transport troops and equipment. It is a tiltrotor aircraft that has a higher top speed and longer range than a helicopter, but can hover and land in the same way.

Four North Carolina-based Marines were killed in an Osprey crash in March during a NATO exercise in Norway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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