Search underway for missing helicopter with U.S. Marines on board

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A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts a pallet during helicopter support team training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 25, 2024. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paley Fenner)

A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts a pallet during helicopter support team training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 25, 2024. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paley Fenner)

By Micaela Burrow
Daily Caller News Foundation

The U.S. Marine Corps is searching for a helicopter that went missing en route from Nevada to California on Tuesday night carrying five Marines, the service said.

A CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter departing from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, was overdue on Wednesday morning at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, the Associated Press reported. The Marine Corps requested help from local officials around 2 a.m. Wednesday, saying the aircraft’s last known location was Cleveland National Forest near Pine Valley, California, according to local news outlet ABC 10.

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“The U.S. Marine Corps is searching for five U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Creech Air Force Base to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Feb. 6, 2024, when the aircraft was reported overdue,” the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Lt. Matthew Carpenter also told the AP the aircraft was overdue and the local sheriff’s office was notified at around 1 a.m. and last seen near Pine Valley, the AP reported.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is coordinating with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Civil Air Patrol to conduct the search, according to the statement.

Poor weather conditions limited the search, ABC 10 reported. Heavy rain bombarded the area overnight from a massive storm passing through the area, and San Diego remains under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.

“The most up-to-date information will be released as it becomes available,” the 3rd MAW said in the statement.

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