Marine Corps Tremendous Stallion with 5 Aboard Goes Lacking in California; Search Underway

The Marine Corps is looking for a helicopter that went lacking Tuesday night in Southern California with 5 Marines on board.

The Marines have been flying in a CH-53E Tremendous Stallion helicopter out of Creech Air Pressure Base, Nevada, on its approach to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, when the plane was reported overdue, in response to the Marine Corps.

The service stated that it’s working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division and Civil Air Patrol to seek for the plane. The helicopter belongs to the third Marine Plane Wing, a unit out of MCAS Miramar that falls beneath I Marine Expeditionary Pressure.

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“Probably the most up-to-date data will probably be launched because it turns into out there,” a Marine Corps spokesperson instructed on Wednesday morning.

In 2018, 4 Marines from the third MAW have been killed after their CH-53E Tremendous Stallion crashed close to El Centro, California, throughout a routine coaching mission. Two years later, the households of these killed within the crash launched a lawsuit towards two firms concerned in creating the plane, alleging that defective elements contributed to the crash.

In 2005, whereas working in Al Anbar province in Iraq, a Tremendous Stallion crashed, killing 31 troops aboard — the deadliest single incident of the Iraq Struggle on the time, in response to The New York Occasions.

The Tremendous Stallion is the Corps’ main heavy-lift helicopter and has been in service for greater than three many years.

The lacking helicopter comes because the Marine Corps grapples with points on one other platform, the V-22 Osprey, a dual-rotor plane that not too long ago noticed a lethal incident that killed three Marines throughout a routine coaching train off the coast of Australia. One other incident that concerned the Osprey killed eight airmen off the coast of Japan in late November.

The November crash brought about the navy to floor the plane with no specified finish date. Within the meantime, the Marine Corps stated that sure models have relied on different plane, just like the Tremendous Stallion, to choose up the slack misplaced from the Osprey grounding.

CBS News 8, an area TV information outlet in San Diego, reported that the San Diego County Fireplace Division and the U.S. Border Patrol are aiding within the seek for the 5 Marines. The information station additionally reported that the Marines belong to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Plane Group 16.

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