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Australian Navy Locates Crashed US Marine Osprey Plane

08 August 2017

The Australian Navy has recovered the submerged remains of a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey that crashed off the east coast of Australia over the weekend, the Australian defense minister said Monday.

"The transition to a US-led recovery operation after an extensive search and rescue operation by aircraft and ships comes with the acknowledgement that three Marines are still unaccounted for", Senator Payne said.

The tilt-rotor aircraft looks like a conventional plane, but can take off vertically without a runway with the help of its helicopter-like rotor blades.

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An Osprey aircraft was carrying 26 marines as it attempted to land aboard the amphibious transport ship, the U.S.S. That said, senior military leaders at U.S. Pacific Command, and their diplomatic counterparts at the American embassy in Tokyo, have held a series of talks on how to improve safety requirements for future Osprey operations, Capt. Davis told reporters at the Pentagon.

Lt. Cross and Corporal Nathan Ordway have been identified by family members as two of the three missing U.S. Marines.

On Monday, Defense Minister Itusnori Onodera told the USA military of his "many concerns" after another one of the controversial tilt-rotor transports made a flight in Japan in the wake of the crash off Queensland. There were 26 people aboard the aircraft, but only 23 were rescued.

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Australian troops are among USA -led coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The biennial exercise involved about 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft. The crash, which happened during a nighttime refueling at sea, enflamed protests and renewed calls for Ospreys to be expelled from the island.

United States military forces have been operating in the area as part of a joint training exercise called Talisman Sabre.

The Osprey was part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is based in Okinawa, Japan.

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Australian Navy Locates Crashed US Marine Osprey Plane