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Military aircraft crashes in US as five people on board presumed dead

International Desk

A Marine unit of five, including the pilot, are feared dead after their military aircraft crashed in the California desert. The MV-22B Osprey crashed in Imperial County near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis - 30 miles north of the Mexican border, and 150 miles east of San Diego.

The aircraft belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, headquartered in Miramar, San Diego. Rumors the plane was carrying nuclear material have since been debunked.

The crash was confirmed by Naval Air Facility El Centro.

'We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA,' they stated on their social media handle.

'Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it.'

The crash happened about 12:25pm local time, said 1st Lt. Duane Kampa, a 3rd MAW spokesman.

Officials believe at least five people were aboard at the time of the crash.

Investigators have presumed all passengers are dead, according to FOX 5 reporter Malik Earnest.
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