23 Marines Rescued After Osprey Crash. 3 Still Missing

The crash off the coast of Australia is being called a 'mishap'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2017 10:58 AM CDT
In this 2015 file photo, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. Search-and-rescue operations were underway for three US Marines who were missing after their...   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(Newser) – Three US Marines are missing after an MV-22 Osprey crashed into the waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Saturday afternoon, ABC reports. "The aircraft ... was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water," CNN quotes a Marine Corps statement as saying. There were 26 Marine personnel on board the Osprey when it crashed in what is being characterized as a "mishap." Twenty-three people have been pulled from the water.

Search-and-rescue operations are ongoing, and authorities are investigating the crash. NBC News reports President Trump has been briefed on the incident. The Osprey was in Australia for a joint training exercise between the US and Australia that ended July 25. Ospreys are a cross between a helicopter and plane and have been involved in a number of recent crashes. (Read more Marines stories.)

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