Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

4 dead in Marine helicopter crash in California

4 dead in Marine helicopter crash in California

"The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Communications Strategy and Operations Unit will provide more information about the incident as it becomes available".

A U.S. Marines helicopter crashed in Southern California Tuesday afternoon, killing all four crew members. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion by adding a third engine, a seventh blade to the main rotor and by canting the tail rotor 20 degrees.

The identities of the crew members will be withheld until 24 hours after their next-of-kin were told of the tragedy, the military said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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The wreck is the deadliest Marine accident since a cargo plane crash in the Mississippi Delta that killed 16 Marines in July, 2017.

The pilot, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 and embarked aboard the USS Iwo Jima, was in stable condition while being evaluated at Camp Lemonnier's expeditionary medical facility, a Navy statement said.

Last October, a CH-53E helicopter crashed and burned in Okinawa but nobody was injured.

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

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