All 5 Marines on aircraft that crashed in Imperial County died

All five U.S. Marines aboard a military plane that crashed in Imperial County Wednesday afternoon were killed, officials said.

The US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey crashed near Glamis during a training mission, officials with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said Thursday. Located about 150 miles east of San Diego, Glamis is near the Arizona and Mexico borders.

The names of the deceased Marines will not be released until 24 hours after family members are notified, according to military officials.

“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap,” Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they come to terms with this tragedy.”

The aircraft was stationed with Marine Aircraft Group 39 at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and crashed near Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78 at approximately 12:25 p.m. No nuclear material on board, Cpl. Sarah Marshall, a spokeswoman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said on Wednesday.

Military personnel are recovering debris from the plane and an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter and fly like an airplane by pivoting its rotors. Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marines, Navy and Air Force to transport troops and equipment. It has a higher top speed and longer range than a helicopter, but can hover and land in a similar way.

However, the plane has a troubled and controversial history.

In March, four Marines stationed in North Carolina were killed in another Osprey crash during a North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercise in Norway.

Wednesday’s deaths added to at least 46 deaths since the military began testing the unique plane, available crash records show. There have been eight Osprey crashes since the Pentagon commissioned it in 2007.

After an Osprey crashed in the Arabian Sea in 2014, killing its crew chief, Marine Corps investigators concluded in a 183-page report that the plane was doomed on takeoff because it accidentally went into maintenance mode was started.

During development and testing, proponents of the aircraft argued that the Osprey would revolutionize warfare due to its tiltrotor capabilities, but it became embroiled in scandal after a series of fatal crashes. All 5 Marines on aircraft that crashed in Imperial County died

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