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5 Marines dead in military aircraft crash in Southern California desert


The Marine Corps said Thursday that all five Marines on board an Osprey were killed when the aircraft crashed Wednesday afternoon in a remote part of California. The aircraft was based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, according to officials.

The U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement that the MV-22 Osprey, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, went down in a desert area near Glamis, California, occurring at around 12:25 p.m. local time. The victims were part of Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, an aviation squadron based in San Diego, according to the statement. Their names were not released.

Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering,  commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in the statement Thursday:  “We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.”

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