Downed MV-22B Osprey belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, officials say
The Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey came down in Imperial County near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis, around 30 miles north of the Mexican border, and more than 150 miles east of San Diego, says The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA.,” said 1st Lt. Duane Kampa, a Marine spokesperson, in a statement. “Military and civilian first responders are on site.”
The downed aircraft belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, a spokesperson with the aviation unit confirmed to FOX5. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is an aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps.
The Naval Air Facility El Centro , which is around 30 miles from the crash site, says that contrary to initial reports there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders are on site. Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it,” base officials said on Facebook.
Rescuers are searching for a fifth person who was on board the aircraft, according to dispatchers.
“NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. Installation, federal fire and Imperial County Fire Department are responding,” stated Naval Air Facility El Centro’s Facebook page.
“I do not have any additional details at this time as facts become verified and available information will be released on the base’s Facebook page. Please be patient as the installation team works through this emergency.”
Officials say the Osprey was based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
Ospreys are flown by the Marines, Navy and Air Force to transport troops and equipment. It is a tiltrotor aircraft that has a higher top speed and longer range than a helicopter but can hover and land in a similar manner.
Four North Carolina-based Marines were killed in an Osprey crash in March during a NATO exercise in Norway.