In the Osprey, a device capable of landing and taking off vertically and faster than a helicopter, there were 23 troops on board.
Three US marines died this Sunday when they crashed on an island in northern Australia the Osprey aircraft with which they were participating in exercises, indicated the United States military authorities.
“There were a total of 23 personnel on board.. Three have been confirmed dead, and a further five were taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital in serious condition,” a Marine official said in a statement.
The rescue tasks were complicated by the remoteness of the place where the accident occurred, Melville’s Islandabout 60 km north of the Australian mainland.
“Rescue tasks continue,” the US authorities said, adding that The causes of the accident are being investigated.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanesecalled the incident “tragic” and emphasized that the authorities are trying to understand what happened.
The Osprey, a device capable of landing and taking off vertically and faster than a conventional helicopter, it was taking part in Exercise Predators Run, a series of joint military exercises involving thousands of soldiers from the United States and Australia, as well as soldiers from other militaries such as those of Indonesia and the Philippines.
In recent years, northern Australia has become an increasingly important arena for US military exercises as Washington and Canberra try to contain Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
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