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Five Marines confirmed to have died after helicopter crash in California


A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Indonesia Associated Press/Photo by Wong Maye-E

Five Marines confirmed to have died after helicopter crash in California

The aircraft was located around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in a mountainous area about 45 miles outside San Diego. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commander of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, on Thursday morning said that the five Marines crewing the helicopter had died. The Marine Corps said several federal and local agencies helped with search and rescue efforts. Rescue crews had struggled to access the area due to snow.

How did the helicopter go missing? There's no word on why the craft went missing or whether it landed or crashed. The third Marine Aircraft Wing said Wednesday morning that the CH-53E Super Stallion went missing late Tuesday night on a trip from Creech Air Force Base in southern Nevada to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.


Christina Grube

Christina Grube is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.


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