5 Marines killed in aircraft crash in California

MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft generic
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps says all five Marines died on board an Osprey aircraft that crashed in the Southern California desert.

The MV-22 Osprey belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.

It went down at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday during training. The MV-22 is a twin-engine tiltrotor aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but transit as a turboprop aircraft. Versions of the aircraft are flown by the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

The aircraft has been criticized by some as unsafe.

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