By Michael Swaney
The five Marines who died when their helicopter crashed during a routine training flight from Nevada to California have been identified, the Marine Corps said.
The five Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, as have been identified as Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kansas, a CH-53E helicopter crew chief; Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, of Chandler, Arizona, a CH-53E helicopter crew chief; Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, of Emmett, Idaho, a CH-53E helicopter pilot; Capt. Jack Casey, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire, a CH-53E helicopter pilot; and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, of Traverse City, Michigan, a CH-53E helicopter pilot.
“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the “Flying Tigers” while conducting a training flight last night,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, in a statement provided to CBS News. “These pilots and crewmembers were serving a calling greater than self and were proud to do so. We will forever be grateful for their call to duty and selfless service. To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and commit to ensuring your support and care during this incredibly difficult time.”
The helicopter reported its last-known location at around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday and was reported overdue at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Cal Fire San Diego received a report around 2:20 a.m. that a military helicopter from Creech Air Force Base was overdue for its arrival at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, and began their search.
The search was expanding to include San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Civil Air Patrol and the helicopter was found in Southern California Wednesday morning.
An investigation is ongoing.
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