Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Marine helicopter crashes near El Centro, all feared dead

Marine helicopter crashes near El Centro, all feared dead

The crash on Tuesday appears to be the deadliest CH-53 incident since a crash off the coast of Hawaii in 2016 killed 12 Marines during a nighttime training flight.

Four Marines were presumed dead after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near El Centro, Calif., Tuesday afternoon during a routine training mission, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing announced.

A post on El Centro Naval Air Facility's Facebook page said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by the tragedy earlier today".

The authorities are investigating the crash case, to know the actual cause behind the crash.

The helicopter was reportedly a CH-53E.

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Marine officials also are withholding the title of the crew's squadron and the base from which it flew but promised more details in the coming hours.

The helicopter was a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., according to a statement from the Marines. In addition, U.S.A officials have not confirmed whether those killed were Marines. Once we can confirm the information, we will release it. "We will provide you all with an update tomorrow morning with any new".

A CH-53E Super Stallion, hovers to pick up a 500-gallon drum of water during a Helicopter Support Team drill at Bridgeport, California, on October 25, 2016. It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

Tuesday's helicopter incident is not the first over United States territory this year.

No personnel on the ground were injured and there was no damage to the airport's infrastructure.

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