US military aircraft crashes in California with five onboard

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh with agency report

A US military aircraft with five Marines on board crashed in southern California on Wednesday.

There was no immediate word on casualties, but the military denied reports that the aircraft had been carrying radioactive material when it came down near Glamis, just 20 miles (35 kilometres) from the Mexican border.

A spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the California-based unit that was responsible for the MV-22B Osprey, declined to comment on potential fatalities. He said Military and civilian first responders are at the crash site.

“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis.”

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“Five Marines were onboard the aircraft, and we are awaiting confirmation on the status of all members of the crew.

“Military and civilian first responders are on site. Contrary to social media rumours, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.” the spokesman said.

The aircraft was identified as an MV-22B Osprey based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton.

The US military has suffered a number of crashes with the aircraft, including an accident in Norway in March that left four Marines dead.

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