SAN DIEGO (AP) – On Thursday, a day after the crash, the Marine Corps said all five Marines aboard the Osprey plane were killed when it crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border.
US military: The Marine Corps statement did not provide any additional details about the cause of the accident.
The MV-22 Osprey went down at 12:25 pm. During training Wednesday in a remote area near the community of Glamis in Imperial County, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of San Diego and about 50 miles (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.
The Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Major General Bradford J. “We mourn the loss of our marines in this tragic accident,” Gering said in a statement. “Our hearts are with their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.”
Under the policy, the Marine Corps will contact family members before identifying those killed, the statement said. Efforts were on to recover the equipment and investigation has been initiated.
The hybrid airplane and helicopter Osprey has been criticized as unsafe. It is designed to fly like a helicopter, rotate its propeller in a horizontal position, and cruise like an airplane.
Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.
The Los Angeles Times reported that prior to Wednesday’s crash, there were 46 fatalities in Osprey accidents.
Recently, four Marines were killed when a Marine Corps Osprey crashed near a Norwegian city in the Arctic Circle on March 18 while participating in NATO exercises. In 2017, three Marines were killed when their MV-22 Osprey crashed in Queensland, Australia. In 2015, one Marine was killed and 21 injured when his MV-22 Osprey caught fire during a “hard landing” in Hawaii.
Osprey Bell Helicopter is a joint project of Textron and Boeing.
Its development was marked by fatal accidents, including the April 2000 crash in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.