U.S. searching for 3 missing Marines after aircraft mishap off Australia

U.S. searching for 3 missing Marines after aircraft mishap off Australia

U.S. searching for 3 missing Marines after aircraft mishap off Australia

There were 26 Marine personnel on board the Osprey when it crashed in what is being characterized as a "mishap".

After that, it became operational in 2007 and has since been involved five more crashes, resulting in the death of nine more.

The aircraft had been in Queensland, Australia as part of the massive Talisman Sabre joint training exercise between USA and Australian armed forces, which ended on July 25.

The search is being undertaken by ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Strike Group.

The MV-22 Osprey "had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water", said the Marines.

The Osprey is created to take off like a helicopter and rotate its propellers to fly like a plane.

9NEWS understands at least 17 people have been rescued, while three remain missing.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne confirmed in a statement late on Saturday night that no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft.

'The United States are leading the search and recovery effort'.

Three people are reported to be missing, feared dead, while up to 20 people have been rescued, according to the Courier-Mail.

"I have briefed Prime Minister (Malcolm) Turnbull and spoken with Secretary Mattis this evening to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance".

It has a top speed of 351 miles per hour and has both vertical take off and landing and short take off and landing capabilities.

"On behalf of all Queenslanders, our prayers are with those USA military personnel involved in the incident", she said in a statement.

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