Four Marines presumed dead after California helicopter crash

BREAKING: 'Four dead' in horror California helicopter crash

BREAKING: 'Four dead' in horror California helicopter crash

Four U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar were killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission Tuesday afternoon in the El Centro area in Imperial County.

The Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing cashed near El Centro at 2.35pm local time on Tuesday.

The four crew members are presumed dead pending positive identification, The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Marine spokeswoman Capt. Morgan Frazer as saying.

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In a statement, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said it will wait 24 hours after families are informed before the victims' names are released to the media.

In a post on Facebook, the nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro wrote: "We request that you be patient as the Navy and Marine Corps team work through the incident".

A Marine helicopter has crashed during a Southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed.

The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. In October 2017, a similar helicopter caught fire in mid-flight and crash-landed on grazing land on a private property in Okinawa, Japan.

Tuesday's helicopter incident is not the first over USA territory this year. In 2005, more than 30 people died when another CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm, according to AP.

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