A routine military training exercise in Australia took a tragic turn as an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, carrying 23 U.S. Marines, crashed on Melville Island. The MV-22B Osprey crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time, claiming the lives of three Marines and leaving five others in serious condition, CNN reported.
MV-22B Osprey Crash Claims Lives of 3 U.S. Marines, Injures 5
All personnel on board were Marines, and the cause of the MV-22B Osprey crash is under investigation.
The Osprey aircraft was engaged in transporting troops during Exercise Predators Run, a multinational training exercise involving troops from the U.S., Australia, the Philippines, East Timor, and Indonesia.
According to NBC News, this 12-day exercise, encompassing land, sea, and air operations, is focused on Melville Island, which is part of the Tiwi Islands, and is slated to conclude on September 7.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the MV-22B Osprey crash incident as “tragic” and emphasized the government’s commitment to providing support and assistance.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles and police commissioner Michael Murphy also expressed their condolences to the victims of the MV-22B Osprey crash and their readiness to offer assistance.
As the investigation into this MV-22B Osprey crash unfolds, the U.S. Embassy in Australia extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a swift and full recovery to the injured.