Miramar Marines Dead in Helicopter Crash Near El Centro

Marsha Scott
April 5, 2018

Marine officials have not identified the crew's squadron or the base from which it flew, according Capt. Morgan Frazer, spokeswoman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

President Trump said in a tweet Wednesday morning four U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday in Southern California. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the statement said.

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In a post on Facebook, the nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro wrote: "We request that you be patient as the Navy and Marine Corps team work through the incident".

The Marine Corps said it would withhold the identities of the deceased for 24 hours until next-of-kin notifications were complete.

A report in the Tri-city Herald, a daily newspaper based in Kennewick, Washington, said Tuesday's crash was the deadliest crash that involved a Marine aircraft since last July during which a KC130T transport plane crashed in Mississippi.

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Officials didn't reveal the cause of the crash but they say that during the routine mission it happen.

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

The CH-53E, often deployed aboard amphibious assault ships, is the military's largest, heaviest and most-powerful helicopter, according to its manufacturer, Sikorsky.

He added, "We pray for their families" and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Two years ago, 12 Marines died when two of the helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

The most recent serious mishap involving a CH-53E occurred in the early evening of October 10 near Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Japan.

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