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    All 5 Marines Aboard Downed Helicopter in California Were Killed in Crash, Service Says

    All 5 Marines Aboard Downed Helicopter in California Were Killed in Crash, Service Says

    The Marine Corps said Thursday that all five Marines aboard a helicopter that went missing in Southern California this week were killed in a crash. The service did not release the names of the troops pending notification of their next of kin.

    The Marines were flying in a CH-53E Super Stallion from Nevada to a Marine Corps station near San Diego when the helicopter crashed over a mountainous area east of the during inclement weather. The five belonged to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, which falls under the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

    “It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the ‘Flying Tigers' while conducting a training flight [Tuesday],” Maj. Gen. Michael Borgschulte, commanding general of 3rd MAW, said in a statement Thursday.

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    “These pilots and crewmembers were serving a calling greater than self and were proud to do so. We will forever be grateful for their call to duty and selfless service,” he continued. “To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and commit to ensure your support and care during this incredibly difficult time.”

    The statement from the Marine Corps said that efforts remain underway to recover the Marines and equipment. An investigation is also underway.

    The aircraft…

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