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Marines feared dead in helicopter Accident Nearby US-Mexico Boundary


In the American state of California crashed helicopter Marines CH-53E, as a result of the incident killed four people.

The marine helicopter identified as a CH-53E Super Stallion was involved in a Southern California training mission when it crashed shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. EDT), a few miles away from the U.S. -Mexico border.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader. The crew was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, just north of San Diego. The names of the deceased will be withheld until family has been notified.

Maj. Morgan Frazer, a spokesman for the unit, said additional details about the crash were not available Wednesday morning.

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The Naval Safety Center had recorded 23 air fatalities involving Navy and Marine Corps crews over the previous 12 months before Tuesday's crash.

Kristopher Haugh, with Naf El Centro Pao said, "Throughout our history, there have been mishaps around here".

The CH-53 helicopters are used to transport heavy equipment and supplies, and are capable of lifting 16 tons, according to the Marines website.

The pilot ejected and was listed in stable condition at Camp Lemonnier's expeditionary medical facility, said Cmdr. The helicopter was built by Sirosky Aircraft, an American aircraft manufacturer based in Stratford, Connecticut, for the U.S. Marine Corps.

"No other injuries were reported to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport", the statement added.

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