All five Marines on board Osprey were killed when a plane crashed in a California desert near the Arizona border, the Marines said on Thursday, the day after the crash.
No further information was provided in the Marines’ statement.
The Osprey MV-22B crashed at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday during a drill in a remote area of Imperial County near the Glamis community, about 115 miles (185 km) east of San Diego.
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, said Major Mason Englehart, a spokesman for the wing.
Osprey is a hybrid aircraft and helicopter that has been criticized for its safety rating. It can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like a turbo plane.
Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marines, Navy and Air Force.
Before the crash on Wednesday, the Osprey crash had caused 46 deaths, including Los Angeles Times reported.
Most recently, four Marines died when Marines Osprey collapsed near a Norwegian town on the Arctic Circle on March 18 while participating in a NATO exercise. In 2017, three Marines died when their MV-22B Osprey crashed off Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine died and 21 were injured when their MV-22 Osprey caught fire during a “hard landing” in Hawaii.
Osprey is a joint project of Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing.
Its development was marked by fatal accidents, including the April 2000 accident in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.
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