Three Missing In Osprey Accident

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The Marine Corps has abandoned hope of finding alive three Marines missing after their MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft went down off the northeast coast of Australia on Saturday. The other 23 personnel aboard the Osprey were rescued and only one of them had to be admitted to the hospital. The aircraft was taking part in a training exercise with Australian forces when the “mishap” occurred. At first, the Marines and Australians mounted a massive search but after about 14 hours it became a recovery mission.

"The transition comes after teams led continuous sustained search efforts supported by aircraft and ships," the III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan, said in a statement. "As the sea state permits, recovery efforts will be conducted to further search, assess and survey the area ..." they said in a statement. Next of kin of the three missing Marines have been notified.

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