3 Marines Of Bodies Killed in Osprey Crash in Australia

The bodies of three US Marines killed in a tiltrotor aircraft crash during a training exercise in Australia have been recovered. At the same time, another Marine remains in critical condition. The victims were from Illinois, Virginia, and Colorado.

The Marine V-22B Osprey, carrying 23 Marines, crashed on Sunday, 27, August, 2023 Melville Island’s tropical forest while participating in Exercise Predators Run, a practice involving the forces of Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and East Timor.

Within hours following the incident, all 20 survivors were airlifted by rescue aircraft 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Darwin. Three of the Marines remained in Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday, 29, August, 2023 one in critical condition and two in stable condition.

The three fatalities were certified dead at the crash scene and their remains were returned to Darwin late on Tuesday, 29, August, 2023.

Since 2012, up to 2,500 US Marines have been stationed in Darwin for six months of the year as part of the US military shift to Asia in response to China’s expanding influence in the region.

3 Marines Of Bodies Killed in Osprey Crash in Australia

The Marine Rotation Force-Darwin’s commanding commander, Col. Brendan Sullivan, stated that the Marines’ primary focus was on assisting in the recovery of wreckage and investigating the cause.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of three respected and beloved members of the MRF-D family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and all involved.

Capt. Eleanor V. LeBeau, 29, of Belleville, Illinois, Cpl. Spencer R. Collart, 21, of Arlington, Virginia, and Maj. THE THREE DEAD WERE Tobin J. Lewis, 37, of Jefferson, Colorado. All of them were based in Darwin. The victims’ names had not been disclosed. President Joe Biden also expressed sympathy to their families.

“Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families of the Marines who lost their lives in this deadly crash,” Biden said on Twitter, referring to his wife Jill Biden. “We are praying for those who also suffered injuries.”

The Osprey is a hybrid aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but can tilt its blades forward and travel significantly faster like an airplane during flight.

Prior to Sunday, there had been five deadly Marine Osprey crashes since 2012, resulting in a total of 16 deaths.

In 2017, three Marines were killed after an Osprey crashed into the Coral Sea off Australia’s northeast coast. The remaining 23 passengers on board were saved.

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