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    3 US Marines Killed, 20 Injured in an Aircraft Crash in Australia During a Training Exercise

    3 US Marines Killed, 20 Injured in an Aircraft Crash in Australia During a Training Exercise

    , Australia (AP) — A United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying troops crashed on a north Australian island Sunday, killing three Marines and injuring 20 during a multination training exercise, officials said.

    Three had been confirmed dead on Melville Island and five of the 23 on board were flown in serious condition 80 kilometers (50 miles) to the mainland of Darwin for hospital treatment after the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crashed around 9:30 a.m., a statement from the Marines said.

    “Recovery efforts are ongoing,” the statement said, adding the cause of the crash was under investigation.

    A U.S. official reported to Australian traffic controllers a “significant fire in the vicinity of the crash site,” according to an audio recording of the conversation broadcast by Nine News television.

    Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft had been deployed to return from the remote location with the rest of the injured, Northern Territory Police Commissioner Michael Murphy said.

    One of the injured was undergoing surgery at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said around six hours after the crash. .

    Some were critically injured and were being triaged on arrival at Darwin's airport, she said.

    “We acknowledge that this is a terrible incident,” Fyles said. “The Northern Territory government stands by to offer whatever assistance is…

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