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Thursday, December 01, 2022

US Army: 5 Marines Killed in Desert Aircraft Crash

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On Thursday, a day after the crash, the Marine Corps said all five Marines aboard the Osprey were killed when the plane crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border.

No additional details were provided in the Marine Corps statement.

The MV-22B Osprey went down at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday during training in a remote area in Imperial County, near the community of Glamis, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of San Diego.

Wing spokesman Major Mason Englehart said the aircraft 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.

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The Osprey is a hybrid airplane and helicopter that has been criticized for its safety record. It can take off and land like a helicopter but transit as a turboprop aircraft.

Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

Before Wednesday’s crash, 46 people died in Osprey accidents Los Angeles Times informed of.

Recently, four Marines were killed when a Marine Corps Osprey crashed near a Norwegian city in the Arctic Circle on March 18 while participating in NATO exercises. In 2017, three sailors were killed when an MV-22B Osprey crashed in Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine was killed and 21 injured when his MV-22 Osprey caught fire during a “hard landing” in Hawaii.

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Osprey Bell Helicopter is a joint project of Textron and Boeing.

Its development was marked by fatal accidents, including the April 2000 crash in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.

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