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Three Marines Missing After Aircraft 'Mishap'

Three Marines Missing After Aircraft 'Mishap'

Corporal Ordway's family and friends took to social media to call for prayers.

The ship's small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search-and-rescue efforts, and 23 of 26 personnel aboard the aircraft were rescued.

U.S. Military officials called off a search and rescue operation on Sunday for the three Marines.

The second of three US Marines presumed dead after an aircraft crash off the central Queensland coast has been identified as Lieutenant Benjamin Robert Cross.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) was supporting the US-led recovery operation.

The Marines' next of kin have been notified, and Australia's defense force is assisting with the recovery effort, the statement said.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government would assist the USA -led recovery effort after what she described as an "extensive search-and-rescue operation" was called off.




The US military has been in the area for training exercises with the Australian military.

A salvage operation to retrieve the aircraft will begin in the next several days. A navy diving team would be sent soon and army aviation assets were "at short notice readiness to support any further requirements", she said.

The aircraft was in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by the USA and Australia last month in Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said Saturday's incident occurred off the coast of Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state.

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.

In December a year ago, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crash-landed in waters off the main island of Okinawa.


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