UPDATE: USMC Osprey crashed in California desert, five confirmed dead on board


UPDATE at 11:49 a.m. PST on June 9:

Five Marines confirmed dead in MV-22B crash

The US Marine Corps has confirmed that all five Marines aboard the MV-22B Osprey that crashed on June 8 are dead.

The Osprey was on a training mission near Glamis, California on June 8, 2022, when it crashed in the Southern California desert.

“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic misadventure,” said Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of the 3rd Marine plane wing. “Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they deal with this tragedy.”

As a general rule, the identity of deceased persons is withheld pending notification of next of kin. In the meantime, equipment recovery efforts have begun and an investigation is ongoing.

“Although military service is inherently dangerous, the loss of life is always difficult,” the Marine Corps said in a June 9 press release. “3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is committed to providing support to families, friends and fellow service members of fallen Marines.


A US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey crashed in the Southern California desert near Glamis, California on June 8, 2022.
The plane crashed at approximately 12:25 p.m. PST with five Marines on board.

At this time, a statement from the Marine Corps states “we are awaiting confirmation of the status of all crew members.”

The Osprey was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Group, based at Camp Pendleton, California. The 3rd MAG is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego.

According to the Marine Corps, “contrary to initial social media reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.”


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