February 25, 2024
A CH-53 much like the one which went lacking lands close to Yuma. Marine Corps photograph

A lacking helicopter that was carrying 5 U.S. Marines from Nevada to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar was situated Wednesday morning, and authorities had been looking a distant space of Pine Valley in an try to find the crew.

The CH-53E Tremendous Stallion helicopter departed from Creech Air Drive Base in Nevada on Tuesday and was final heard from round 11:30 p.m.

“The plane was situated by civil authorities in Pine Valley, California at 9:08 AM PST,” navy officers reported Wednesday. “… The third Marine Plane Wing is managing search and rescue efforts via the Wing Operations Command Heart and utilizing floor and aviation property to find the aircrew in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division and a number of federal, state and native companies.”

Cal Hearth San Diego crews on three hearth engines and an ambulance launched a search north of Interstate 8 and east of Kitchen Creek Street close to Fred Canyon within the early morning hours Wednesday based mostly on the helicopter’s final recognized location, Cal Hearth spokesman Mike Cornette informed the San Diego Union- Tribune.

“We made entry to the coordinates but it surely was snowing outdoors and troublesome to entry,” Cornette mentioned. “We searched round completely different places there and went so far as we may on completely different roads, but it surely was actually snowy and moist and muddy.”

Creech Air Drive Base is about 400 miles away from San Diego.

A sheriff’s helicopter was despatched to the realm within the Cleveland Nationwide Forest early Wednesday however couldn’t attain it due to stormy climate. The division despatched off-road autos to the realm the place the helicopter was final reported.

The Marines had been assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Plane Group 16, third Marine Plane Wing. The CH-53E is a heavy-lift helicopter typically used for transporting troops and tools from shore to shore in addition to for amphibious assaults, logistics and upkeep.

Up to date at 11 a.m. Feb. 7, 2024

–Metropolis Information Service