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UPDATE: USMC Osprey crashed in California desert, five onboard confirmed dead

UPDATED at 11:49 a.m., PST, June 9:

 

Five Marines confirmed dead in MV-22B crash

 

The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that the five Marines onboard the MV-22B Osprey that crashed June 8 are dead.

The Osprey was on a training mission near Glamis, Calif., June 8, 2022, when it crashed in the Southern California desert.

“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap,” said Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.”

As a matter of policy, the identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. In the meantime, equipment recovery efforts have begun and an investigation is underway.

“While military service is inherently dangerous, the loss of life is always difficult,” said the Marine Corps in a June 9 press release.  “3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is committed to providing support to the families, friends and fellow service members of the fallen Marines.”

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A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey crashed in the Southern California desert near Glamis, Calif., June 8, 2022.
The aircraft went down at approximately 12:25 p.m., PST, with five Marines onboard.

At this time, a Marine Corps release says “we are awaiting confirmation on the status of all members of the crew.”

The Osprey was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Group, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The 3rd MAG is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego.

According to the Marine Corps, “Contrary to initial social media reports, there was no nuclear material onboard the aircraft.”

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