Four Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash In El Centro


The military previously said that all four crew members were believed killed.

A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed Tuesday - killing its own four crew members - throughout exercises over the U.S. -Mexico border close to Plaster Town, Calif., army authorities said. The Marines have not been identified yet, pending notification of next of kin.

Officials didn't reveal the cause of the crash but they say that during the routine mission it happen.

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter takes off on July 30, 2013. 10News will continue to update as more details become available.

The helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing went down near El Centro, California, around 2:35 p.m. local time on April 3, the Marines announced Wednesday. "We will provide you all with an update tomorrow morning with any new". It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

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According to the Associated Press, the CH-53E Super Stallion crash is the deadliest to involve a military aircraft since 15 Marines and a sailor were killed after a KC130T transport plane went down in MS in July 2017.

The latter two incidents were the latest in a string of US military aircraft mishaps on Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of USA military facilities in Japan. The Marines ultimately ruled that crash was the result of pilot error, leading two of the massive aircraft to collide in the air.

A CH-53E Super Stallion, hovers to pick up a 500-gallon drum of water during a Helicopter Support Team drill at Bridgeport, California, on October 25, 2016.

No personnel on the ground were injured and there was no damage to the airport's infrastructure.