4 crew members feared dead after Marine helicopter crashes in California

4 crew members feared dead after Marine helicopter crashes in California

4 crew members feared dead after Marine helicopter crashes in California

According to the military, during a training mission, a Marine helicopter crashed on Tuesday in which four crew members have died in Southern California. The Pentagon typically withholds identification of fallen troops until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.

A report in the Tri-city Herald, a daily newspaper based in Kennewick, Washington, said Tuesday's crash was the deadliest crash that involved a Marine aircraft since last July during which a KC130T transport plane crashed in Mississippi. The helicopter belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego.

Four Marines are presumed dead after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in California during a training mission - the second Marine Corps aircraft crash on the same day, officials said.

Nonetheless, the Super Stallion fleet was described as "inadequate" in November by Marine Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the service's deputy commandant for aviation. The Marine Corps said USMC refuse to give the identities of those killed.

The Super Stallion fleet is due to be upgraded to new CH-53K models known as King Stallions in the coming years. The helicopter was built by Sirosky Aircraft, an American aircraft manufacturer based in Stratford, Connecticut, for the U.S. Marine Corps.

An investigation is under way into the cause of the crash.

The pilot ejected and was listed in stable condition at Camp Lemonnier's expeditionary medical facility, said Cmdr.

"No other injuries were reported to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport", the statement added.

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