A Marine transport plane carrying five Marines went down in a rural section of Southern California on Wednesday afternoon.
According to CBS News, four of the five were slain, according to a federal source. The fate of the fifth remained unknown.
According to Maj. Mason Englehart of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the MV-22 Osprey went down in a desolate location near Glamis, California. Around 12:25 p.m. local time, the plane crashed.
According to Englehart, the plane was carrying five Marines, but he could not confirm the entire number of people on board, including the crew, or whether there were any fatalities or injuries.
The US Marine Corps tweeted late Wednesday that it was “awaiting confirmation” on the five Marines’ “situation.”
“We ask for the public’s patience as we work diligently with first responders and the unit involved to identify what occurred this afternoon,” it wrote.
Installation The incident was responded to by the Federal Fire Department and the Imperial County Fire Department, according to Naval Air Facility El Centro, which also stated that “contrary to earlier claims, there was no radioactive material on board the aircraft.”
Glamis is a small town in Imperial County, roughly 50 miles north of the border between the United States and Mexico.
According to Englehart, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, while the Osprey is based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. Both are in the San Diego County area.
The cause of the accident was unknown.
According to the Marines, the Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft used to transport personnel and cargo. It has the ability to take off and land like a helicopter while also flying like an aircraft.