US Marines Osprey crashes off Australia's Queensland coast — BBCI

US Marines Osprey crashes off Australia's Queensland coast — BBCI

Some have serious injuries, according to the Courier Mail.

"I can confirm no Australian Defense Force personnel were on board the aircraft".

The crash happened late saturday afternoon off the coast of Shoalwater bay in North Queensland, Australia.

"The United States are leading the search and recovery effort", she said.

She said she had spoken to United States defence secretary James Mattis "to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance".

"Our thoughts are with the crew and families affected" the statement said.

"Boats and aircraft of the 31st expeditionary marine corps units and the strike group amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard conduct search and rescue operation", - is spoken in the message.

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Development of the Osprey was nearly scrapped in 2000 after a crash killed 20 USA military personnel, but the MV-22 has actually gained more popularity since then for it's speed and range.

CQ Plane Spotting reports a US Marines Corp Seakhawk helicopter has just landed at Rockhampton Airport with the first casualties from the incident. A search and rescue operation has been launched for the same.

Marine authorities are investigating the incident.

The Sunday Telegraph understands 23 of the 26 personnel on board had been accounted for. The helicopter has a capacity of 32 people. The exercises were a follow-up to joint military training between United States and Australian forces that wrapped up last week. It has entered the coast of Shoalwater Bay when it crashed.

The aircraft has been involved in a series of high-profile crashes in recent years.

Since 1991, there have been 9 fatal crashes involving V-22 Ospreys.

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