Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Four US marines die in southern California helicopter crash



Four US marines are believed to have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern California.
 
The Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) crashed near El Centro at 2.35pm local time (10.35pm UK time) on Tuesday.
 
 
In a statement, the Marine Corps said all four of the crew were presumed dead.


An investigation is under way into the cause of the crash.


In a statement, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said it will wait 24 hours after families are informed before the victims' names are released to the media.
 
 
A post on El Centro Naval Air Facility's Facebook page said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by the tragedy earlier today."


The manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the helicopter is primarily designed to lift heavy objects, such as military vehicles, from ship to shore.




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