UPDATE: Saturday, 9.15 a.m. EDT — According to the military sources, the Osprey MV-22 helicopter carrying members of the U.S. Marine Corps crashed when it was attempting to land at USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier in the service of the United States Navy near the coast of Shoalwater Bay.
At least one marine has been seriously injured and is taken to Rockhampton Hospital, The Courier Mail reported. The people who have already been rescued are said to have sustained serious injuries. No Australian Defence Force personnel were aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash.
“I have been advised of an incident involving a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey helicopter off the coast of Shoalwater Bay today,” Australian federal Defence Minister Marise Payne said. “The United States is leading the search and recovery effort. I have briefed Prime Minister Turnbull and spoken with Secretary Mattis this evening to offer Australia’s support in any way that can be of assistance. Our thoughts are with the crew and the families affected,” she added.
An Osprey MV-22 helicopter carrying members of the U.S. Marine Corps crashed near Rockhampton off the Queensland coast, Australia, on Saturday afternoon, the military said in statement
“The United States Marine Corps confirms there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for service members involved in an MV-22 mishap off the east coast of Australia,” the U.S. military said in a statement, 9News reported. “Ship’s small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are conducting the search and rescue operations. We will provide more details as they become available,” the statement added.
According to Sky News, 20 people have been rescued, while three are still missing and are feared dead. A search and rescue operation has been launched for the same. “There is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for…