United States marines presumed dead off Queensland coast
07 August, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Darrell Lopez
The operation was turned to a recovery effort at around 3 a.m. Sunday, and next-of-kin have been notified, according to a statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force.
The search for three Marines missing after a "mishap" Saturday near the east coast of Australia has been called off. But three marines remain missing despite an air and sea search.
Twenty-three personnel were quickly saved following Saturday's incident involving a MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, the main assault support aircraft for the Marines.
Osprey have been a part of mishaps resulting in death or injuries in recent years.
Last December, an MV-22 Osprey based at Futenma ditched off Okinawa's coast, injuring five crew members.
"I can confirm no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft", Payne said in a statement.
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The Osprey aircraft was in Queensland as part of a joint training exercise between the Australian and U.S. military forces.
The aircraft was still in Australia after completing a joint U.S.
The Osprey, built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter and created to take off like a helicopter and rotate its propellers to fly like a plane, has suffered a series of incidents in other parts of the world. The biennial exercise involved about 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.
If confirmed, it would be the greatest loss of life in a military training accident in Australia since 18 servicemen died in a counterterrorism exercise when two helicopters collided near Townsville in 1996.
More recently, two US troops were injured when a Marine MV-22 made a "hard landing" during an operation in Yemen in January.
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