Miramar Marines Dead in Helicopter Crash Near El Centro

05 April, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • CH-53 crash kills four crew

Officials say the bodies of four crew members killed when a Marine helicopter crashed during a training mission in Southern California have been removed from the crash site.

On April 4, 2017 at the same base, a Super Stallion from the Miramar-based "Flying Tigers" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 did a "CFIT" - controlled flight into terrain - while performing defensive maneuvers. The names of the crewmembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their relatives are notified, the Miramar base said.

"Four crew members were aboard the aircraft".

The CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, a few miles from the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Marine helicopter crashed during a training mission.


A post on El Centro Naval Air Facility's Facebook page said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by the tragedy earlier today".

Tuesday's crash marks the deadliest crash involving Marines since a year ago. It is essentially used for minesweeping, transportation and is capable of carrying dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

Elsewhere, a Marine Corp pilot is in a stable condition after an AV-8B Harrier jet crashed in Djibouti, East Africa, on the same day as the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crash, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.

The Latest on a deadly Marine helicopter crash in the California desert.

There were no reports of injuries to personnel on the ground or damage to the infrastructure at the airport.

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