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Marine Osprey from Camp Pendleton crashes in the Imperial Valley desert

An MV-22 Osprey with five Marines on board has crashed in the Imperial Valley, Marine Corps officials said Thursday.

The aircraft, which was based at Camp Pendleton and was part of Marine Aircraft Group 39, crashed near Glamis, said Maj. Mason Englehart, a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Air Wing.

“We are awaiting confirmation on the status of all members of the crew,” he said. “We ask for the public’s patience as we work diligently with first responders and the unit to identify what occurred this afternoon.”

The Marines were conducting aerial gunnery training on ranges at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. It is unclear if the osprey was heading to or from the base during the accident.

“Contrary to initial social media reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft,” Engelhart said.

Ospreys are tiltrotor aircraft and can fly faster and longer than a helicopter. But, like a helicopter, they can also hover.

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