Marines declare 3 missing from Osprey 'deceased'

Marines declare 3 missing from Osprey 'deceased'

The next of kin of the three missing Marines have been notified, the military said.

The service has said that the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Family members have confirmed through a Facebook post that one of the missing marines in Australia is Cpl.

"The Australian Defence Force has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday", according to a statement by Payne. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group began the rescue operation and were able to rescue 23 of the 26 people onboard.

Twenty-three of the 26 military personnel had been rescued, but three U.S. Marines are still missing. An Australian navy ship arrived in Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state Sunday night to help the us military hunt for the MV-22 Osprey. It was not clear if the Marines were recovered in the wreckage of the found aircraft.

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The hybrid aircraft, which is created to fly like an airplane but take off and land like a helicopter, entered service with the Marine Corps in 2007. They have been involved in a series of high-profile crashes in recent years.

"I can confirm no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft", Payne said in a statement.

Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts flying in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on June 29.

The Marines had just wrapped up a major exercise with Australian forces and on Saturday were conducting training of their own when the accident happened. And in January, three US soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

The ill-fated flight took place on the southern island of Okinawa, where a squadron of Ospreys is stationed at the US Marines' Futenma base, according to Japanese media.

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