Marine helicopter crashes in California and kills 4

Guests observe the static displays at the 2018 Yuma Airshow hosted by Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Ariz

The helicopter involved was a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion.

On April 4, 2017 at the same base, a Super Stallion from the Miramar-based "Flying Tigers" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 did a "CFIT" - controlled flight into terrain - while performing defensive maneuvers.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The Latest on a deadly Marine helicopter crash in the California desert. The Marines haven't been identified but the air station is expected to release their names later Wednesday.

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the families, tweeting that his thoughts and prayers were with the fallen Marines.

He added, "We pray for their families" and the U.S. Marine Corps.




The crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon at 2:35 pm (2135 GMT) near El Centro, according to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, a unit of the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Miramar north of San Diego.

"It was pretty much a warm clear day", said Chief Deputy Thomas Garcia with the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Office. The crew members haven't been identified.

Tuesday's crash would be the deadliest Marine aircraft crash since a KC-130T transport plane went down in MS last summer, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, according to the Associated Press.

Holley's personal awards consist of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (fourth award), Air Medal-Strike/Flight (ninth award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (fourth award).

A Marine helicopter has crashed during a Southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed. In 2005, more than 30 people died when another CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm, according to AP. Gen. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement.

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