Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

US Marine Helicopter Crashes In Australia; 3 Soldiers Missing

MV-22 Osprey GETTYThe Marines Corps MV-22 Osprey has a top speed of 351 mph
Christy Curtis | 06 August, 2017, 01:40

A search and rescue operation is under way off Queensland's coast for three marines who are missing after a USA military plane crashed into the sea.

A MV-22 Osprey carrying 26 military personnel went down about 4 p.m. local time Saturday, according to Marine officials. The Osprey's are created to fly between Aircraft Carriers.

A US Marines aircraft has reportedly crashed off the Australian coast.

She said she had spoken to U.S. defence secretary James Mattis "to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance".

An American military helicopter has crashed off the coast of Queensland, with at least three US Marines missing, feared dead.

The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey has a reputation within the us military as being a particularly accident-prone aircraft.

"Ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are conducting the search and rescue operations". The aircraft last month were participating in the Talisman Sabre exercise, a biennial event between the two nations that involved more than 30,000 troops and 200 military aircraft.

Tiltrotor helicopters are used by the marines because they are a cross between airplane and helicopters.

It has a top speed of 351 miles per hour and has both vertical take off and landing and short take off and landing capabilities.

UPDATE 10.15PM: CASUALTIES have reportedly started arriving at Rockhampton Base Hospital after a US Marines Corp MV-22 crashed at Shoalwater Bay earlier this evening.

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