A military aircraft crashed in the desert of southern California resulting in the death of 4 marines out of five.
The U.S Marine aircraft was carrying 5 marines when it crashed in the remote area of the southern California desert in the afternoon on Wednesday.
According to a Federal source, four out of five marines are confirmed dead whereas the fate of the fifth marine is still unknown.
According to the details, the MV-22 Osprey, which belongs to the aircraft wing of marine 3, crashed into the desert near the area of Glamis.
Major Mason Englehart confirmed the crash and stated that the fatal incident took place at about 12:25 p.m.
Englehart further stated that five marines were in the aircraft and apart from them how many people were on board, is still to be confirmed as there is no news about the injuries or fatalities of the crew.
The U.S Marine Corp stated on Wednesday that they are still “awaiting confirmation” about the “status” of all the marines on board on the plane.
“We ask for the public’s patience as we work diligently with first responders and the unit involved to identify what occurred this afternoon.”
The Imperial County Fire Department and the Installation of Federal Fire were the first ones to respond to the crash.
The Naval Air Facility El Centro stated that “contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.”
“NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. Installation, federal fire, and Imperial County Fire Department are responding.”
The cause of the crash is still unknown but an investigation has begun.
The aircraft known as an Osprey is said to be a tiltrotor plane that is used religiously to transport supplies and troops. This aircraft can land and take off like a helicopter but it flies like a plane.
The Osprey belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft wing which is said to be based at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Englehart stated that this osprey was based at the marine corps air station cam located in Pendleton which is a neighbor of San Diego County.