Miramar Marines Dead in Helicopter Crash Near El Centro

Four Marines are presumed dead after their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in California during a training mission - the second Marine Corps aircraft crash on the same day, officials said.

The most recent serious incident occurred on December 11 when a Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft from the "Ironmen" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 3 struck birds during a descent to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, triggering an engine flameout. "The cause of the crash is established", - stated in the message channel on Twitter.

On Oct. 19, 2016, a Super Stallion from the "Warhorse" of Miramar-based Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 struck a shipping container at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona during reduced visibility landing training. The names of the crew members are being withheld pending notification of family members, according to the statement.

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 status of all four is presumed dead pending positive identification", the Marines said in a statement.

Naval Air Facility officials confirmed that a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed on Tuesday near El Centro, California.

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The military says the CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro.

The helicopter was reportedly a CH-53E. It is primarily used for used for minesweeping and transportation of cargo.

Two years ago, 12 Marines died when two of the helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

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

  • Megan Austin