Australian Navy locates missing US aircraft

Katrina Barker
August 8, 2017

The Australian Navy has located a missing United States military aircraft that crashed in waters off the Queensland coast, leaving three Marines presumed dead. The U.S. Marines have suspended the search and rescue operation of the three Marines that are missing and have started focusing on a recovery operation.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said Saturday's incident occurred off the coast of Shoalwater Bay.

The Osprey is an assault-support aircraft with the capability to land and take off vertically and was in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by the U.S and Australia last month.

On Sunday the US Marine Corps said recovery and salvage operations could take months to complete, while the cause of the crash was being investigated. An Australian navy ship arrived in Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state Sunday night to help the USA military hunt for the MV-22 Osprey.

Lt. Cross and Corporal Nathan Ordway have been identified by family members as two of the three missing U.S. Marines. There were 26 people aboard the aircraft, but only 23 were rescued. It added that Navy divers are assisting with the USA -led recovery efforts.

The biennial event between the two nations involved more than 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.

Davis, who declined to confirm the Marines were considering the stand down, said U.S. Forces-Japan officials were in discussions about the incident with the Japanese government. -Australian naval exercise, Talisman Sabre 2017, involving the Bonhomme Richard expeditionary strike group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit between late June and early August. And in January, three USA soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

Ospreys were grounded in Japan last December after pilots ditched one in shallow water just off Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa.

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