US helicopter crashes in Australia: twenty marines on board. Three dead and five seriously injured


By John

At least three of the US marines who were aboard the Osprey aircraft that crashed off Darwin, northern Australia, during a training exercise, have diedaccording to official US Marine sources.

“There were a total of 23 people on board. Three were confirmed as dead, while five others were transported to Royal Darwin Hospital in serious condition,” the source said. The Osprey V-22 is a tiltrotor, a hybrid between an airplane and a helicopter, with two horizontal rotors at the wingtips for vertical take-off and landing, which reposition forward as propellers for flight.