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Trump tweets condolences in Marine chopper crash

05 April 2018

The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military.

The helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing went down near El Centro, California, around 2:35 p.m. local time on April 3, the Marines announced Wednesday.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter of the same type involved in two accidents in Okinawa Prefecture previous year crashed Tuesday in California, leaving the entire crew of four presumed dead.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated and the names of the crew members will be revealed after 24 hours, once their next of kin is notified.

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On Tuesday, a CH-53E Super Stallion crashed in El Centro, Calif., killing all four people on board.

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The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of the Miramar air station near San Diego.

A Marine helicopter has crashed during a Southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed.

The Naval Air Facility in El Centro sent its condolences to those impacted by the tragedy early Wednesday in a Facebook post. In addition, U.S.A officials have not confirmed whether those killed were Marines. It is essentially used for minesweeping, transportation and is capable of carrying dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

Other crashes involving CH-53E helicopters include an incident last October in Okinawa, but there were no injuries, the AP reported. In 2016, 12 Marines were killed after two of the Super Stallions collided mid-air off the coast of Hawaii.

The helicopter was reportedly a CH-53E.

Trump tweets condolences in Marine chopper crash