A military aircraft has crashed in California’s Imperial County killing four people who were on board, according to reports.
The MV-22B Osprey came down in Imperial County near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis, around 30 miles north of the Mexican border, and more than 150 miles east of San Diego, says The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Rescuers are searching for a fifth person who was onboard the aircraft, according to dispatchers.
The crash was confirmed by Naval Air Facility El Centro, which is around 30 miles from the crash site.
“NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. Installation, federal fire and Imperial County Fire Department are responding,” stated Naval Air Facility El Centro’s Facebook page.
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What kind of military aircraft crashed today in California?
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The Osprey went into service in 2007, after a rocky development history.
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911 dispatch call records military crash in Southern California
New audio, obtained by NewsNation, reveals the initial 911 calls that alerted authorities to a downed military air craft in Southern California on Wednesday.
“We have a military aircraft down,” one voice can be heard saying.
“I have a visual on a military aircraft as we’re flying over the site and I do have a visual on the crash site as well,” another responds.
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He crashed in a remote, unpopulated area, and the incident is currently under investigation.
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Josh MarcusJune 9, 2022 00:07
Marine Corps confirms their aircraft was involved
“An aircraft belonging to @3rdmaw has crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders are on site. Contrary to social media rumors, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it.”
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Officials say ‘no nuclear’ material onboard aircraft
The Naval Air Facility El Centro, which is around 30 miles from the crash site, says that contrary to initial reports there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft, which belonged to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders are on site. Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it,” the base said on Facebook.
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