Osprey Wreckage Found Off Australian Coast, Three US Marines Remain Missing

Osprey Wreckage Found Off Australian Coast, Three US Marines Remain Missing

In Maine, the family of Marine aviator Ben Cross has come forward to identify him as one of three who could not be rescued.

First Lt. Benjamin Robert Cross, 26, was said to love flying.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the tragic crash.

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

The statement said a diving team arrived on scene and "would conduct remotely operated underwater vehicle operations", at the site of the crash. Of the 26 who were aboard, 23 were rescued.

The USS Bonhomme Richard with its compliment of MV-22 Osprey aboard.

Ordway graduated from Wichita Heights High School before joining the Marines.

Defense Minister Marise Payne confirmed that the Australian Navy ship HMAS Melville found the aircraft overnight Sunday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Calzada's posting indicated that Velasco was aboard the Marine Osprey aircraft that was attempting to land on the back of a warship, but instead tumbled into the seas.

The MV-22 Osprey crashed due to a mishap while trying to land on the USS Green Bay, reports said.

Most of the military personnel involved in the incident were rescued shortly after the plane went down, but the search for the three missing marines continued until Sunday afternoon, before it was called off by US authorities and refocused as a recovery mission.

Both units were assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is forward deployed to the Pacific and was near Australia for the multinational training exercise Talisman Saber.

The Osprey, built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit, is created to take off like a helicopter and rotate its propellers to fly like a plane.

"Part of me is gone", his brother said.

Ospreys have been involved in incidents resulting in deaths or injuries in recent years.

Ospreys were grounded in Japan last December after pilots ditched one in shallow water just off Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa.



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