One Helicopter The MV-22B Osprey was assigned to the 3rd Marine Wing that crashed on June 8 in the Southern California desert, US military officials said.
Military and civil forces and local fire fighters were present at US helicopter crash scene. The status of the crew is unknown at this time. An Osprey helicopter usually carries a crew of three to five people, depending on the mission, the US Naval Institute’s website reports.
“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, California,” said unit officials.
Local television recorded the scene of the latest plane crash in the US showing the MH-60 Sea Hawks helicopter of US Navy deployed to the accident site.
The crash happened around 12:25 a.m. local time, spokesman Duane Kampa of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing confirmed. The area around Glamis, northeast of El Centro, and northwest of Yuma, Arizona is a sandy desert area.
Aviation reporter Malik Earnest posted on Twitter that “preliminary reports” suggest the crashed Osprey had nuclear material. An online notice on Broadcastify.com said a warning had been issued regarding “radioactive material” on board the plane.
However, military officials insisted that the reports of nuclear or radioactive material were mistaken. “Not available nuclear material any on the plane. More information will be provided as we receive it,” the 3rd Marine Corps Aircraft Wing officials emphasized.
“There were some early reports that there was nuclear material on board, but that’s not true,” Kampa added.
In March this year, an American MV-22B crashed in Norway during an exercise, killing four people.