SAN DIEGO – A second military plane may have crashed Thursday near the California desert where a day earlier a Navy helicopter crashed, killing all five people on board, authorities said.
The Naval Air Facility El Centro issued an emergency alert saying the base had received reports of a military plane crashing about 35 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, and that federal firefighters were headed there.
The Imperial County Fire Department confirmed they were responding to a plane that crashed near Palo Verde, near the crash site on Wednesday, KESQ-TV reported.
Further details were not immediately released.
All five Marines aboard an Osprey plane were killed when it crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border, the Marine Corps said Thursday, a day after the accident.
The MV-22 Osprey crashed Wednesday at 12:25 p.m. while training in a remote area of Imperial County near the community of Glamis, about 185 kilometers east of San Diego and about 80 kilometers from Yuma. Arizona.
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.
“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic accident,” Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they come to terms with this tragedy.”
The statement said the Marine Corps will contact family members before identifying those killed. Efforts were made to recover the equipment and an investigation into the cause of the crash has begun. The Marine Corps statement gave no further details.
The Marines participated in routine live-fire training over their firing range in the Imperial Valley desert, said Marine Maj. Mason Englehart, spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
The Osprey, a hybrid airplane and helicopter, flew in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but was criticized by some for being unsafe. It is designed to take off like a helicopter, rotate its propellers to a horizontal position, and fly like an airplane.
Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.
Before Wednesday’s crash, Osprey crashes had caused 46 deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Most recently, four Marines were killed when a Marine Corps Osprey crashed near a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle on March 18 while participating in a NATO exercise. In 2017, three Marines were killed when their MV-22 Osprey crashed off Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine was killed and 21 injured when their MV-22 Osprey caught fire during a “hard landing” in Hawaii.
The Osprey is a joint project between Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing.
Its development was marked by fatal accidents, including an April 2000 accident in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.
Baldor reported from Washington.
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