Several dead in Marine helicopter crash

A Marine Corps helicopter crashed in California during a routine training mission and all four crew members aboard are presumed dead. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near the city of El Centro, which is near the Mexico border, according to a statement from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 6:43 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 6:43 PM

In the third incident involving Marine Corps aircraft in less than 24 hours, a United States Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter was damaged late Tuesday while landing in the East African country of Djibouti, in the vicinity of Arta Beach, according to a spokesman for the US military.

The aircraft "sustained minor structural damage pending further assessment," US Navy Cdr. Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Naval Forces Central Command, told CNN.

Urban added the helicopter's crew was uninjured in the incident.

The incident took place the same day another Marine Corps CH-53 crashed in the vicinity of Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, killing four crewmembers.

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jet crashed Tuesday during takeoff from Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot was able to eject and is currently being treated.

Both the Harrier and the CH-53 that was damaged late Tuesday were participating in Alligator Dagger, a training exercise in international waters off the coast of Djibouti.

The United States has a large military presence in Djibouti based at Camp Lemonnier, where some 4,000 US personnel are stationed.

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