USA searching for 3 missing Marines after aircraft mishap off Australia

Jerome Frank
August 6, 2017

Twenty-three of the MV-22 Osprey's crew were rescued in a search and rescue operation after the aircraft "entered the water" during "regularly scheduled operations".

This is a breaking story. The exercises were a follow-up to joint military training between U.S. and Australian forces that wrapped up last week.

It is believed 23 of the 26 on-board personnel are accounted for.

At least one marine has been seriously injured and is taken to Rockhampton Hospital, The Courier Mail reported.

Australia's Defence Minister, Marise Payne, said she had spoken to her U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, and confirmed the incident happened near Shoalwater Bay, off the coast of Queensland.

"I can confirm no Australian Defense Force personnel were on board the aircraft".

The aircraft is an MV-22 Osprey, a propeller-powered plane capable of vertical take-off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The United States Marine Corps has confirmed it is searching for members after the MV-22 crash off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

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Three people are missing, feared dead after a United States military aircraft crashed off the Queensland coast.

Both ships and aircraft have been scrambled to aid the search operation. It is in service with the marine Corps, the United States and the United States Navy.

"Our thoughts are with the crew and the families affected".

In 2015, a US Osprey crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii, killing two Marines.

It is unclear what caused the aircraft to crash.

Since 1991, there have been 9 fatal crashes involving V-22 Ospreys.

The aircraft, resembling a cross between a helicopter and airplane, has capabilities including taking off vertically and travelling much faster than a helicopter.

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