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US Marines plane with 5 crashes on board in California


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A military plane with five Marines on board crashed in California on Wednesday, Fox News has confirmed.

The crash happened near Glamis, located a few miles north of the US-Mexico border and west of the California-Arizona border.

A United States Marine Corps spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that the plane was an MV-22B Osprey belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Officials said they were awaiting confirmation on the status of the flight crew.

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“Military and civilian first responders are on scene,” 1st Lt. Duane Kampa, a Marine spokesman, said in a statement. He also pushed back against rumors circulating on social media that the plane contained nuclear material.

“Contrary to initial information, there was no nuclear material on board the plane,” Kampa said. “More information will be made available as we receive it.”

Naval Air Facility El Centro posted on Facebook just after 11:30 a.m. that it had received reports of a downed plane near State Route 78 and Coachella Canal Road. The message said the military installation’s fire department and the Imperial County Fire Department were responding.

An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to land in support of a Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) at Camp Titin, Jordan. An MV-22B Osprey crashed in California on Wednesday, the Marine Corps said.
(Marine Corps 1st Lt. Mark Andries)

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Wednesday was the second Naval Aviation crash in California since Friday when a Super Hornet crashed near Death Valley, killing the pilot.


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