Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The death of five US soldiers has been confirmed after a helicopter crash in California

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) confirmed this Thursday the deaths of five men who were missing after their helicopter crashed in the southern state of California.

The soldiers were leaving Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Tuesday, en route to Miramar, in Southern California, when their helicopter was “reported missing.”

A day later, the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was located in a difficult-to-access area in California, according to a statement from the Marine Corps.

“It is with great regret and deep sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from the 3rd Marine Aviation Wing and the ‘Flying Tigers’ while conducting a training flight,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Borgschulte, commander of that air detachment, in a statement.

In addition, the Marine Corps reported that efforts have begun to recover the remains of the crash victims and that the investigation is ongoing.

After the accident, President Joe Biden mourned the deaths of the soldiers and sent a message to the families of the victims.

“We express our deepest condolences to their families, their squadron, and the United States Marine Corps as we mourn the loss of five of our nation’s greatest warriors,” the president said in a statement.

Furthermore, he added, “Today, as we mourn this great loss, we honor his selfless service and ultimate sacrifice and reaffirm the sacred obligation we have to all who wear the uniform and their families.”

It should be noted that during 2023 there were a series of accidents involving US military aircraft, including a V-22 Osprey aircraft off the coast of Japan at the end of November, which left eight people dead.

Five US service members died when a helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean during a training exercise earlier that month, while another Osprey crash in Australia killed three Marines in August.

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