US Marine Corps helicopter crew missing off Queensland coast after 'mishap'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 5, 2017

The US Marine Corps said on Saturday an active search and rescue operation was underway for servicemembers involved in an aviation "mishap" off the east coast of Australia.

MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts stand ready on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

This is a breaking story.

Australia's Sunday Telegraph newspaper said two people were missing and feared dead, with unconfirmed reports that the rest of the 25 personnel on board had been rescued.

The crash occurred off the coast of the northeastern state of Queensland.

And today's crash comes just weeks after a Marine Corps cargo plane spiraled out of the sky and into the Mississippi Delta, killing 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman.

The US Marine Corps has not called on assistance from the Australian government and are confident they can conduct the rescue independently.

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