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California: Marine's CH-53E helicopter crashes

Four victims, all of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from the Marine Corps crashed yesterday at 2:35pm local time near the town of El Centro, California, during a routine training mission. On board four soldiers, all deceased. The same Wing informs it in a note to the press, while a spokesperson for Air Station Miramar, Captain Morgan Frazer, reports that the causes of the crash, unknown currently, are under investigation, while the names of the victims have not been diffused pending on notification to their families, which typically takes around 24 hours.

Yesterday's incident is the most serious one to an American Force aircraft since a KC-130T transport aircraft crashed in Mississippi last July, killing 15 marines and a sailor. The CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest US military helicopter. The nickname given to this aircraft by the marine "Hurricane Maker" is due to the flow of air generated by the seven-bladed main rotor, is quite explicative.

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