Horrific Updated After Five US Marines Went Missing In California

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On Thursday, it was revealed that the five U.S. Marines who were on board a helicopter that disappeared on a journey from Nevada to California have tragically lost their lives.

The first responders located the wreckage of the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after an extensive search on Wednesday. However, they were unable to locate the crew until Thursday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the “Flying Tigers” while conducting a training flight last night,” Maj. Gen. Borgschulte, Commanding General for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement.

“These pilots and crew members were serving a calling greater than self and were proud to do so. We will forever be grateful for their call to duty and selfless service,” he added. “To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and commit to ensuring your support and care during this incredibly difficult time.”

The U.S. military refrains from disclosing the identity of deceased service members until a minimum of 24 hours have elapsed after notifying all immediate family members.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre verified on Wednesday that President Biden had received a detailed report on the situation, and subsequently, Biden issued a statement following the confirmation of the Marines’ fatalities.

“Jill and I are heartbroken at the loss of five U.S. Marines, whose aircraft crashed while flying from Nevada to California during a routine training mission. As the Department of Defense continues to assess what occurred, we extend our deepest condolences to their families, their squadron, and the U.S. Marine Corps as we grieve the loss of five of our nation’s finest warriors,” Biden said in a statement.

“I am deeply grateful to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol, and other federal, state, and local agencies for their professionalism and dedication in supporting search and recovery efforts. Our service members represent the very best of our nation, and these five Marines were no exception. Today, as we mourn this profound loss, we honor their selfless service and ultimate sacrifice—and reaffirm the sacred obligation we bear to all those who wear the uniform and their families,” he continued.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter took off from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Tuesday night, heading towards Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

The event was reported to local first responders in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The San Diego Sheriff’s Office made an effort to dispatch a helicopter promptly for the search, but the aircraft was canceled owing to the impact of the “atmospheric river” storm in the region.

The incident occurred around two months following the crash of a U.S. Air Force Osprey off the coast of Japan in December. The incident resulted in the fatality of all eight crew members aboard the boat.

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