Maine Native Among 3 Marines Missing After Osprey Crash

Maine Native Among 3 Marines Missing After Osprey Crash

Search and rescue operations were underway for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia on Saturday while trying to land.

The U.S. military launched a search and rescue effort for the missing Marines, but eventually changed that operation to a recovery effort in coordination with Australian defense forces.

Monday evening local time, the Australian dive team from the HMAS Melville hydrographic survey ship, which located the MV-22 wreckage Sunday, was preparing to use a remotely operated vehicle to begin recovery of the aircraft, Davis said.

The Royal Australian navy's clearance diving team completed an embark today aboard the hydrographic survey vessel Melville (A-246) to assist in recovery operations near the site where a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey entered the water August 5. Three marines went missing in the crash.

In December previous year, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crash-landed in waters off the main island of Okinawa.

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In April 2000 19 Marines were killed in an MV-22 crash in the US.

The Marines' next of kin had been notified, and Australia's defense force was assisting the Americans with the recovery effort, the statement said. The ship's small boats and other aircraft immediately responded, the statement said.

Australian troops are among US -led coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The biennial exercise involved some 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft. In May 2015, a U.S. Osprey made a hard-landing in Hawaii, resulting in the deaths of two Marines.

Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts flying in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on June 29. -Australian joint military exercise that ended in late July.

Ospreys were grounded in Japan last December after pilots ditched one in shallow water just off Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa.

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