Five missing U.S. Marines confirmed dead following helicopter crash outside of San Diego

All five Marines who were aboard a military helicopter that went down east of San Diego have been confirmed dead, the U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday.

Their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was reported missing Tuesday night during a “routine training flight” from Creech Air Force Base, northwest of Las Vegas to their home base at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego..
Their identities have not been released.

According to a press release, the helicopter was found Wednesday morning in a mountainous area around 35 miles east of San Diego.

Rough terrain and winter weather complicated the search.

The Weather Channel reported that the area had been under a winter weather warning for elevations 4,000 feet and above. In addition to 6 to 10 inches of snow, gusts up to 60 mph were expected.

US Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion at Grayling Army Airfield, Michigan. (07.06.21)

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