Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Marines presumed dead after helicopter crashes in California

Marines presumed dead after helicopter crashes in California

Captain Morgan Frazer said the squadron involved in the crash and other details will also be released soon.

A CH-53E Super Stallion, used mainly for heavy lifting of military equipment, comes down near El Centro, close to Mexico's border. "We flew out to that area to assist in the incident as requested".

Wharton did not have any specifics on exactly where the crash took place.

Four Marines are presumed dead after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed during a routine training mission near El Centro, California, on Tuesday.

The crash was under investigation. None of its seven crew members or local residents was hurt, but the Japanese Defense Ministry's local bureau said the accident site was found to have been about 300 meters away from residential houses.

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The military says the names of the deceased will be withheld until next of kin is notified.

"The status of each four is presumed dead pending positive identification", browse a statement by the aviation unit.

There are now 152 CH-53E aircraft in operation.

The manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the helicopter is primarily created to lift heavy objects, such as military vehicles, from ship to shore.

The combined effects of budget cuts, apathy from Congress, delays in new aircraft programs, and the wear and tear of 17 years of war have made it more unsafe for military aircraft to fly - especially planes and helicopters that continue to fly long after they were supposed to be retired.

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