US military helicopter crashes off northern Australia, 20 Marines on board | Military News

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Rescue efforts are under way with some of those on board still ‘unaccounted for’.

A rescue operation is under way after a United States military helicopter crashed off the northern coast of Australia with 20 Marines on board.

Several people were rescued, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), after the Osprey V-22 came down near Melville Island about 60km (37 miles) from Darwin.

Australia’s defence ministry said the accident happened during the annual Predator Run exercises involving the militaries of Australia, the United States, East Timor, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) said no Australian personnel were on board the Osprey.

“At this critical early stage, our focus is on the incident response and ensuring the safety of those involved,” the ADF said in a statement. “More information will be provided when appropriate.”


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