Monday, 15 October, 2018

Four US marines die in southern California helicopter crash

Four US marines die in southern California helicopter crash Four US marines die in southern California helicopter crash
Charlie Simmons | 05 April, 2018, 01:28

Wharton said the REACH crew landed safely at the scene of the crash, but they did not transport any of the four crew members aboard the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter of the same type involved in two accidents in Okinawa Prefecture previous year crashed Tuesday in California, leaving the entire crew of four presumed dead.

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Four crew members are presumed dead pending positive identification, according to a statement emailed to The San Diego Union-Tribune by Marine spokeswoman Capt. Morgan Frazer in Miramar.

Naval Air Facility officials confirmed that a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed on Tuesday near El Centro, California.

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Four U.S. Marines were presumed dead, after a chopper went down in California.

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. The names of the crewmembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their relatives are notified, the Miramar base said.

A CH-53E Super Stallion, used mainly for heavy lifting of military equipment, comes down near El Centro, close to Mexico's border.

The Naval Safety Center had recorded 23 air fatalities involving Navy and Marine Corps crews over the previous 12 months before Tuesday's crash.

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest helicopter in the US military.

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