February 29, 2024
A CH-53E Tremendous Stallion just like the one which crashed. Marine Corps photograph through Wikimedia Commons

5 Miramar-based Marines have been confirmed useless following the crash of a CH-53E Tremendous Stallion helicopter in stormy climate on Tuesday evening, the Marine Corps stated Thursday.

The heavy-lift copter departed Creech Air Drive Base in Nevada and was final heard from round 11:30 p.m.

The plane was positioned in Pine Valley at 9:08 a.m. on Thursday after a search that was joined by Cal Fireplace and the San Diego Sheriff’s Division.

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commanding basic of third Marine Plane Wing at Miramar issued the next assertion:

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart and profound unhappiness that I share the lack of 5 excellent Marines from third Marine Plane Wing and the Flying Tigers whereas conducting a coaching flight final evening. These pilots and crewmembers have been serving a calling larger than self and have been proud to take action.”

As a matter of coverage, identities of deceased service members aren’t launched till 24 hours in any case next-of-kin notifications have been accomplished.

President Joe Biden thanked San Diego authorities for his or her help within the search and supplied condolences to the households of the Marines who died.

“Jill and I are heartbroken on the lack of 5 U.S. Marines, whose plane crashed whereas flying from Nevada to California throughout a routine coaching mission,” Biden stated in a press release. “Because the Division of Protection continues to evaluate what occurred, we lengthen our deepest condolences to their households, their squadron, and the U.S. Marine Corps as we grieve the lack of 5 of our nation’s best warriors.

“I’m deeply grateful to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division, the U.S. Air Drive Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol, and different federal, state, and native companies for his or her professionalism and dedication in supporting search and restoration efforts.”

Efforts to get well the stays of the Marines and tools have begun and an investigation is underway, stated third MAW Capt. Stephanie Leguizamon.

“Although we perceive the inherent dangers of army service, any lack of life is all the time tough,” the captain stated. “The third Marine Plane Wing stands unwavering in its dedication to supporting the households, buddies, and fellow service members of the fallen Marines.”

The CH-53E is a heavy-lift helicopter usually used for transporting troops and tools from shore to shore.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.