Southern California:Osprey crush results in death of five Marines


The status of those aboard the tiltrotor military aircraft, based at Camp Pendleton, wasn't immediately clear.

An Osprey aircraft with 5 Marines on board crashed in the Southern California desert Wednesday afternoon, authorities stated.The status of the Marines wasn't right away readily available. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, an air travel squadron based in San Diego, stated in a statement that it was "requesting for perseverance as we work vigilantly with first responders and the system to identify what occurred this afternoon."

The aircraft, an MV-22B Osprey, was based at Camp Pendleton, also in San Diego, the declaration said.Military officials said early reports of nuclear product on board the aircraft were incorrect.

A military aircraft went down in rural Southern California with five Marines onboard, Wednesday afternoon.KNSD

The crash was reported at 12:25 p.m. near Glamis, a location about 150 miles east of San Diego known for its desert dune and other off-road destinations, Naval Air Facility El Centro said.Military firemens and the Imperial County Fire Department were reacting, it stated.

The Osprey-- which can take off  and land like a helicopter, however fly like an airplane thanks to its "tiltrotor" engines-- has had a struggling history over the two years it has actually been flying in U.S. basic training exercises and missions.

In March, an Osprey crashed during training exercises with NATO allies in Norway, eliminating four U.S. Marines. The accident happened throughout extreme winter conditions.

Despite the fact that the Osprey was associated with crashes that killed more than 30 people prior to it went into service in 2007, the Marine Corps has actually stood behind the vehicle as fairly safe and reliable.This is an establishing story. Please check back for updates.

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