Search-and-Rescue Underway After V-22 Crashes Off Australia
A U.S. Marine V-22 Osprey ascends the USS Bataan in Aqaba, Jordan, to begin a demo flight in support of Eager Lion 2017. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Mickey A. Miller)
Service members are missing after a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey experienced a mishap off the East Coast of Australia, officials with III Marine Expeditionary Force said Saturday morning in a news release.
The Marines released little information about the nature of the mishap, when it occurred, or how many troops were missing in the search.
Officials did say that small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is forward-based in the Pacific, and the deployed Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike group were conducting search-and-rescue operations.
The Daily Telegraph of Australia reported that the V-22 Osprey had indeed crashed with 26 troops aboard. While 23 had been recovered, the outlet reported, three remain missing.
The more recent six-month deployment began this spring. At the end of April, four Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, landed at Darwin's Royal Australian Air Force Base, marking the Osprey's first-ever trans-Pacific flight.