A U.S. Marine transport aircraft carrying five Marines went down Wednesday afternoon in a remote part of Southern California.
The MV-22 Osprey, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, went down in a desert area near Glamis, California, Maj. Mason Englehart confirmed to CBS News. The crash occurred at around 12:25 p.m. local time.
The aircraft was carrying five Marines, Englehart said, but he could not immediately confirm the total number of people aboard, including the crew, or whether there were fatalities or injuries.
The U.S. Marine Corp tweeted Wednesday night that it was “awaiting confirmation” on the “status” of the five Marines.
“We ask for the public’s patience as we work diligently with first responders and the unit involved to identify what occurred this afternoon,” it wrote.
The Osprey — which can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like an airplane thanks to its “tiltrotor” engines — has had a troubled history over the two decades it has been flying in U.S. military training exercises and missions.
In March, an Osprey crashed during training exercises with NATO allies in Norway, killing four U.S. Marines. The accident took place during extreme winter conditions.
Even though the Osprey was involved in crashes that killed more than 30 people before it went into service in 2007, the Marine Corps has stood behind the vehicle as relatively safe and effective.
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