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Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed in the deserts of Southern California.



According to authorities, a Marine Corps Osprey crashed in the Southern California desert on Wednesday afternoon.


The number of persons on board and their statuses were not immediately accessible. The MV-22B Osprey belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, according to First Lt. Duane Kampa via email.


According to military sources, allegations of nuclear material on board the plane were unfounded.


The crash was reported near Glamis, an area about 150 miles east of San Diego known for its desert sand dunes and other off-road attractions, Naval Air Facility El Centro said.


According to the report, military firefighters and the Imperial County Fire Department were responding.


Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed in the deserts of Southern California.

The Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an aircraft owing to its "tiltrotor" motors, has had a difficult past in the two decades it has been used in military training exercises and missions in the United States.


In March, an Osprey crashed during NATO training operations in Norway, killing four US Marines. The incident occurred amid harsh winter circumstances.


Despite the fact that the Osprey had involved in more than 30 fatal collisions before entering service in 2007, the Marine Corps has defended the vehicle as generally safe and effective.

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