The Marine Corps is searching for a helicopter that went missing Tuesday evening in Southern California with five Marines on board.
The Marines were flying in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter out of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, on its way to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, when the aircraft was reported overdue, according to the Marine Corps.
The service said that it is working with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and Civil Air Patrol to search for the aircraft. The helicopter belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, a unit out of MCAS Miramar that falls under I Marine Expeditionary Force.
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“The most up-to-date information will be released as it becomes available,” a Marine Corps spokesperson told Military.com on Wednesday morning.
In 2018, four Marines from the 3rd MAW were killed after their CH-53E Super Stallion crashed near El Centro, California, during a routine training mission. Two years later, the families of those killed in the crash launched a lawsuit against two companies involved in developing the aircraft, alleging that faulty parts contributed to the crash.
In 2005, while operating in Al Anbar province in Iraq, a Super Stallion crashed, killing 31 troops aboard — the deadliest single incident of the Iraq War at the time, according to The New York Times.
The Super Stallion is…