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Helicopter With 5 U.S. Marines Found After Going Missing; Search For Crew Ongoing

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KISARAZU, JAPAN - JUNE 16: The U.S. Marine Corps' Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is seen during the U.S. and Japan militaries' joint training exercise in Kisarazu, Japan on June 16, 2022. Participants - including senior leaders from 18 militaries, representatives of nations from North America, Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe, allied and partner marine forces, naval infantries and littoral militaries - visit a Japan Self Defense Force Eastern Army Garrison of 1st Helicopter Corps and 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Corps of Kisarazu Air Field on the second day of the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium.
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Search and rescue officials have located a U.S. Military helicopter that went missing on Tuesday while carrying five Marines during a routine training exercise in southern California.

“The U.S. Marine Corps is searching for five U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing,” the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement. “The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a routine training flight from Creech Air Force Base to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Feb. 6. 2024, when the aircraft was reported overdue.”

The Marines said that the helicopter was found Wednesday morning by civil authorities in Pine Valley, California.

“The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is managing search and rescue efforts through the Wing Operations Command Center and using ground and aviation assets to locate the aircrew in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and multiple federal, state and local agencies,” the statement added.

Fox Weather reported that there was “heavy precipitation in the area where officials received the last ping of the missing helicopter at 5,300 feet” and that there was “anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation, with even more on the way.”

The weather report noted that the mountain area where the helicopter went missing can have “severe” snow conditions that make it difficult for rescue crews to respond to incidents.

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Last month, a U.S. Navy helicopter carrying six crewmembers crashed into San Diego Bay during a training exercise.

All six crewmembers, who were operating an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, survived and were rescued off the coast of Coronado by a nearby Navy vessel shortly after the crash.

“Due to the nature of the training, a safety boat was on location,” a statement from Cmdr. Beth Teach of the Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet said. The crew members went through medical evaluation but none of them appeared to suffer any life-threatening injuries, according to the Navy.

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