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Missing Marine Helicopter Located in California, Five Marines Reported Dead


A Marine Corps helicopter reported missing on Tuesday has been found in Southern California, but the five Marines on board remain missing but have now been confirmed dead

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the “Flying Tigers,” Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commander of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement on Thursday morning.

The CH-53E Super Stallion was flying from Nevada to California when it was reported overdue, prompting a multi-agency search effort involving ground and air units. The aircraft was eventually located in Pine Valley, California, on Wednesday morning.

“The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is actively searching for the aircrew,” a press release from the Marine Corps stated. “The search involves both ground and aviation assets, and we are working closely with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies.”

Challenges faced by search teams include snow and rain in the area, making visibility and accessibility difficult. Despite these obstacles, search efforts persisted with the hope of locating the missing Marines.

Details about the Marines:

  • They are assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, nicknamed the Flying Tigers.
  • Their specific identities and condition are yet unknown.

The cause of the incident and the status of the Marines remain under investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Additional notes:

  • Open-source flight data suggests the missing helicopter’s last recorded location was near the discovery site.
  • Authorities have not released any information about the possible cause of the incident.