US Marines killed in plane crash off Australia

US Marines killed in plane crash off AustraliaThree U.S. Marines were killed and 20 injured in a plane crash during an exercise off the north coast of Australia.Marine Corps Rotating Force (MRF) Darwin said three people were killed and five killed after an MV-22 Osprey carrying 23 people arrived at around 9:30 a.m. local time (23:30 GMT). He was taken to hospital in critical condition. accident on Saturday).

“Three people have been confirmed dead and five others have been taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital in critical condition,” the statement said.

“Recovery work is ongoing. The cause of the incident is under investigation. Further details will be provided as the situation evolves. ”

The plane crashed into the Timor Sea during routine training on Melville Island, about 60 kilometers north of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.

Earlier, Northern Territory Police Chief Michael Murphy said at a news conference that 23 Marines were injured in the incident.

“The wounded are 23 US Marines and we are doing everything in our power to get them safely back to Darwin for treatment,” he said.

“Additional police and defense personnel have been deployed to Melville Island to support the operation, triage and transport the injured to Darwin and to monitor the accident site while the investigation continues.”

The Australian Defense Department had previously confirmed that all personnel on board the plane were Americans.

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