The Marine Corps on Monday identified three Marines who were killed in an MV-22 Osprey crash during an exercise in Australia over the weekend.
Cpl. Spencer R. Collart, 21, of Arlington, Virginia; Capt. Eleanor V. LeBeau, 29, of Belleville, Illinois; and Maj. Tobin J. Lewis, 37, of Jefferson, Colorado, died when their tiltrotor aircraft went down. There were 20 other personnel on board the Osprey, and five were transported to Royal Darwin Hospital in serious condition.
In an update Monday evening, the Marine Corps said that three troops remain in the hospital. One is in critical condition, and the other two are stable. The other Marines were treated for minor injuries and released.
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“We are deeply saddened by the loss of three respected and beloved members of the MRF-D family,” Col. Brendan Sullivan, commanding officer of Marine Rotational Force — Darwin, said in a released statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and with all involved.”
The crash occurred during Exercise Predators Run, an annual multinational exercise held in the Northern Territory of Australia. A press release from Marine Rotational Force — Darwin, the parent unit to the exercise, said Sunday that the Osprey went down on Melville Island, north of the territory's capital city of Darwin.
CNN reported that the Australian territory's police…