Okinawa-based Osprey crashes off Australia

08 August, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Wichita-area native is one of three Marines missing near Australia

Benjamin Cross is from Bethel, said his brother, Ryan Cross.

"He would sacrifice himself in a minute to make sure that his fellow service members were safe", Cross said.

us military officials called off the search and rescue operation on Sunday.

The three Marines lost in the crash have yet to be identified.

Marise Payne said in a statement that the HMAS Melville located the Okinawa-based MV-22 shortly after commencing survey operations Sunday night.

An MV-22 Osprey aircraft went down August 5 in water off the eastern coast of Australia with 26 personnel aboard, Pentagon Defense Press Operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

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The Osprey was conducting operations from an amphibious assault ship - a large aircraft carrier-type vessel designed for launching helicopters - when it went into the water, the Marine Corps said in a statement. The exercises were a followup to joint military training between USA and Australian forces that wrapped up last week.

Small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group searched for the missing, the Marine Corps said. It was not clear if the Marines were recovered in the wreckage of the found aircraft.

The MV-22 is a hybrid-type aircraft that can take off and land as a helicopter but transitions its two engines to fly like an airplane in midflight.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) was supporting the US-led recovery operation. They have been involved in a series of crashes in recent years. -Australian military training exercise at least two weeks ago in Shoalwater Bay.

A White House official said President Donald Trump had been briefed by chief of staff John Kelly on the mishap of an aircraft off the east coast of Australia. And in January, three USA soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

A squadron of Ospreys is based at the Marines' Futenma base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

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