U.S. MV-22B Osprey helicopter crashes during Australia training exercise

A U.S. military helicopter has crashed during a joint training operation in Australia with nearly a dozen U.S. marines reportedly on board.

An MV-22B Osprey helicopter crashed on Melville Island, close to the city of Darwin in northern Australia, according to local media. There were 23 Marines on board when the aircraft went down at around 9 a.m. local time on Sunday, the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) reported.

Five soldiers have arrived in Darwin for treatment with the rest receiving medical attention at the scene, Michael Murphy, the police commissioner for the Northern Territory area around Darwin, said. No fatalities have yet been confirmed, but one person is reportedly in a critical condition.

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Osprey helicopters hover at Sandhurst Military Academy on July 13, 2018 in Camberley, England. Only U.S. personnel were involved in the helicopter crash involving nearly two dozen Marines on Sunday, Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, during a press conference.
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“Additional police and defence personnel have been deployed to Melville Island to support operations, triage injured people and return them to Darwin and also maintain the crash scene while investigations continue,” Murphy said.

Only U.S. personnel were involved in the “tragic” crash, Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese said during a press conference, adding that the helicopter had crashed during this year’s Predators Run joint drills.

The drills included military personnel from the U.S., Australia, Indonesia and other nations.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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