Five Marines killed in military aircraft crash in California


SAN DIEGO — Five US Marines died after a military aircraft crashed during a training mission Wednesday near Glamis, California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement Thursday.
The MV-22B Osprey went down Wednesday afternoon during training in a remote area about 185 kilometers east of San Diego, California and about 80 kilometers from Yuma, Arizona.
Equipment recovery efforts “have begun” and an investigation into the crash involving a MV-22B Osprey is “under way.”
“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy,” Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in the statement.
The Marine Corps has identified the service members as Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico; and Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California.
All five members were based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, officials said.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commanding officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, said in a statement.
“This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is hard to express the impact that this loss has had on our squadron and its families. Our primary mission now is taking care of the family members of our fallen Marines,” he added.
The Marines were participating in a routine live-fire training exercise over their gunnery range in the Imperial Valley desert, said Marine Maj. Mason Englehart, a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
In March, four US service members were killed when the MV-22B Osprey aircraft they were traveling in crashed during NATO training exercises in Norway.
Prior to Wednesday’s accident, Osprey crashes had caused 46 deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported. — CNN


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