Four U.S. Marines lost their lives Tuesday when a Marine Corps helicopter based in El Centro, California went down on a training mission.
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The helicopter crashed with four crew members aboard and all four are believed to have perished, according to officials. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
The crash occurred about 20 miles north of the U.S. Mexico near Plaster City around 2:35 p.m. Military officials say the crew was on a routine training mission but have not released their names pending family notification.
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The Naval Air Facility El Centro commented on the crash and thanked friends and neighbors for their support. Tuesday's crash is the deadliest involving a Marine aircraft since a KC130T transport plane crashed in Mississippi killing 15 marines and a sailor in July 2017.
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