A military helicopter said to be carrying five US Marines has gone missing during a flight to California.
Search and rescue crews have launched a hunt for the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after it was “reported overdue” to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday night. The aircraft was due to land at Miramar, in the San Diego area, having left the Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas earlier in the day.
The Marines have now called in help from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department as well as Civil Air Patrol. According to the sheriff’s department, they received a call at around 1.50am regarding the missing aircraft.
Cops said they sent their own helicopter to search for any signs of the Super Stallion, but it wasn’t able to reach the area due to the fierce atmospheric river storm the region is currently battling. However, the sheriff’s department confirmed it has now sent off-road vehicles to navigate the rough terrain in the hope of finding the missing helicopter and those on board.
California Fire officials said fire crews responded to the helicopter’s last known location but found nothing.
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