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    Bodies of 3 US Marines Killed in Australian Aircraft Crash Retrieved from Crash Site

    Bodies of 3 US Marines Killed in Australian Aircraft Crash Retrieved from Crash Site

    CANBERRA, Australia — The bodies of three U.S. Marines killed in a tiltrotor aircraft crash during a training exercise in Australia were retrieved from the crash scene while another Marine remained in critical condition, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.

    Those killed were from Illinois, Virginia and Colorado.

    The Marine V-22B Osprey with 23 Marines on board crashed Sunday in tropical forest on Melville Island while taking part in Exercise Predators Run, a drill that includes the militaries of Australia, Indonesia, the and East Timor.

    All 20 survivors were injured and were flown by rescue aircraft 80 kilometers (50 miles) south to the of Darwin within hours of the crash. Three of those Marines remained in Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday, one in critical condition and two stable, a Marines statement said.

    The three casualties had been declared dead at the crash site and their bodies were returned to Darwin late Tuesday, a statement said.

    Up to 2,500 U.S. Marines have been based in Darwin for six months a year since 2012 as part of the U.S. military pivot to Asia to counter 's growing influence in the region.

    Col. Brendan Sullivan, commanding officer of the Marine Rotation -Darwin, said the Marines' focus was on supporting the recovery of wreckage and investigating the cause.

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of three respected and beloved members of the MRF-D family,” Sullivan said in a…

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