Recovery of US Osprey begins off Queensland coast

Recovery of US Osprey begins off Queensland coast

Recovery of US Osprey begins off Queensland coast

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps called off a search and rescue operation for the missing marines on Sunday and launched recovery efforts instead, essentially confirming that the military did not expect to find them alive.

In a statement, Australia's Defense Minister said a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship located the submerged aircraft on Monday, "shortly after commencing survey operations in the area".

Senator Payne said the aircraft - an MV-22 Osprey - was found by HMAS Melville, which arrived in Shoalwater Bay overnight.

The MV-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft similar to a conventional plane but has helicopter-like rotor blades which allow it to take off vertically, without a runway.

An Osprey aircraft was carrying 26 marines as it attempted to land aboard the amphibious transport ship, the U.S.S.

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The recent joint military exercise took place largely in Shoalwater Bay and involved more than 30,000 USA and Australian personnel, according to Australian Defense Department.

Three Marines remain missing after the crash.

An official who has read the preliminary investigation into the incident told Fox News that the Marine MV-22 Osprey - part helicopter, part airplane - crashed into the back of the warship before tumbling into the sea. The ship's small boats and other aircraft immediately responded, the statement said. It added that Navy divers are assisting with the US -led recovery efforts. The biennial exercise involved some 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft. And in January, three US soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

The 26-year-old Marine had been based in Okinawa for the past year but had spent the last three months training in Australia, the paper wrote, citing family members. Last December, a USA military Osprey crash-landed off Japan's southern island of Okinawa.

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