According to reports, a military plane has crashed in the Imperial County of California, killing 4 people on board.
The Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey landed in Imperial County near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis, about 30 miles north of the Mexican border, and more than 150 miles east of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to Marine Wing 3 crashed near Glamis, CA,” Lieutenant Duane Kampa, a spokesman for the Marines, said in a statement. declare. “Military and civilian first responders are on site.”
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to FOX5. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is an aviation unit of the United States Marine Corps.
Naval Aviation Facility El Centro, about 30 kilometers from the crash site, said that contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing has crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders were on the scene. Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board. Facilities officials said on Facebook they will provide more information as we receive it.
Rescuers are searching for a fifth person on board the plane, according to dispatchers.
“NAFEC has just received a report of an aircraft being shot down in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. Federal Fire and Rescue Service and the Royal County Fire Service are responding,” the company’s Facebook page said. Naval Air Facility El Centro said.
“I do not have any additional details at this time when the facts are verified and the information available will be published on the base’s Facebook page. Please be patient as the installation team works on this emergency. ”
Officials said Osprey is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
Ospreys are flown by the Marines, Navy, and Air Force to transport troops and equipment. This is a tilt-rotor aircraft that has a higher top speed and range than a helicopter, but can hover and land in a similar manner.
Four Marines based in North Carolina were killed in an accident in Osprey in March during a NATO exercise in Norway.