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US Marines killed in crash during Australian training exercise

Three US Marines met a tragic end and many others were seriously injured when their MV-22B Osprey aircraft crashed during a military exercise on Melville Island, Australia. The Marine Rotational Force – Darwin confirmed the accident, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time, highlighting the tragic loss of all three Marines out of 23 on board.

Five injured people were rushed to Royal Darwin Hospital, while others received medical attention at the scene. The exercise, called “Exercise Predators Run”, witnessed this unfortunate incident, the causes of which are now being investigated.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles emphasized the urgency of medical care, saying: “We are working incredibly hard … to get people into treatment.”

Details reveal that two Osprey aircraft left Darwin that morning with the aim of the Tiwi Islands, located about 80 kilometers away. One of these planes met its fateful end on Melville Island. A spokesman for the Australian Department of Defense confirmed the exercise was part of the larger “Exercise Predator’s Run 2023”.

Unfortunately, Osprey aircraft have a history dotted with mishaps. In 2022, an Osprey crash near Glamis, California resulted in five US Marine fatalities. That same year, another accident occurred during NATO exercises in Norway, killing four American service members.

This latest tragedy follows closely on the heels of another incident just a month earlier when an Australian Army MRH-90 Taipan helicopter crashed near Hamilton Island, Australia. That accident, which occurred during joint exercises with the US, claimed the lives of four Australian military crew members.

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