Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rescue Works Continue in Australia after US Plane Crash

Rescue Works Continue in Australia after US Plane Crash

"The United States Marine Corps confirms there is an active search and rescue mission ongoing for service members involved in an MV-22 mishap off the east coast of Australia", the Marine Corp confirmed in a statement.

The Morning Bulletin has now confirmed with multiple agencies that a US Marines Corps aircraft has crashed off the Capricorn Coast. The Osprey aircraft were in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by US and Australian forces. Reports said at least two service members were missing and feared dead.

The helicopter involved in the incident-the MV-22 Osprey-has been the subject of controversy in the past for a shaky safety record and a series of crashes that resulted in the deaths of 39 people over 26 years.

"The ship's small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search-and-rescue efforts", the statement added.

The aircraft, resembling a cross between a helicopter and airplane, has capabilities including taking off vertically and travelling much faster than a helicopter.

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-Australian military training exercise two weeks ago in Shoalwater Bay.

"I have briefed Prime Minister (Malcolm) Turnbull and spoken with (US Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis this evening to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance".

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has tweeted about the incident, reporting Marine Corps have announced a search and rescue after the MV-22 crash.

Thirteen US aircraft were sent to Australia as part of the deployment, including the tilt-rotor Ospreys, Reuters reported.

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