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Marines identify 5 servicemen killed in CA Osprey aircraft crash

The 5 Marines died when their Osprey aircraft crashed throughout coaching on Wednesday afternoon close to Glamis in Imperial County.

GLAMIS, Calif. — The U.S. Marine Corps has recognized the 5 servicemembers who died when their Osprey aircraft crashed Wednesday afternoon in the Southern California desert close to Glamis in Imperial County:

Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.

Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire, an MV-22B Pilot.

Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.

Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California, an MV-22B Pilot.

Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, a Tiltrotor Crew Chief.

All 5 marines had been based mostly at Marine Corps Air Station in Camp Pendleton.

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family” stated Lt. Col. John C. Miller, Commanding Officer of VMM-364. 

“This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is hard to express the impact that this loss has had on our squadron and its families. Our primary mission now is taking care of the family members of our fallen Marines and we respectfully request privacy for their families as they navigate this difficult time. We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong extended Purple Fox family and want them to know that more information will be forthcoming on how to help.”

All 5 Marines on board had been confirmed deceased in line with a press release launched Thursday morning from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The MV-22B Osprey belonged to the third Marine Aircraft Wing based mostly at Camp Pendleton in North San Diego County and went down at 12:25 p.m. throughout coaching, Maj. Mason Englehart, spokesman for the third Marine Aircraft Wing informed the AP.  

Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding common of third MAW issued the
following assertion, “We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic
mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with
this tragedy.”

The crash occurred close to State Route 78 and Coachella Canal Road, about 115 miles east of San Diego.

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Most lately, 4 Marines had been killed when a Marine Corps Osprey crashed on March 18 close to a Norwegian city in the Arctic Circle whereas collaborating in a NATO train.

The MV-22B Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that may function as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft made by Bell-Boeing in line with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Its growth was marked by lethal crashes, together with an April 2000 accident in Arizona that killed 19 Marines.

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