Missing helicopter with 5 Marines on board located in San Diego

Feb 8, 2024

San Diego: A Marine Corps helicopter has gone missing with five people on board marine The ship has been located amid heavy rain in California. The plane was found Wednesday morning in a mountainous area near the community of Pine Valley. Located about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from San Diego, However, rescue operation According to the AP report, the obstruction is due to icy conditions on the ground.
The Marine Corps said in a statement that they were “using ground and aviation assets to locate the aircraft crew in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and multiple federal, state and local agencies.”
The Marines were flying CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Creech Air Force Base, northwest of Las Vegas, where they were training. They were returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego when the helicopter disappeared. The exact departure and expected arrival times are currently unknown.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation, and the National Security Council is closely monitoring the search and rescue operation.
The five Marines aboard the ship were from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Miramar, the Marine Corps said in a statement. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department was alerted when the plane did not arrive at its destination and was last seen in the Pine Valley area, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of downtown San Diego.
Search and rescue efforts are being coordinated between the Army, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the Civil Air Patrol. However, the area is becoming difficult to reach due to heavy snowfall in the mountains. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, has requested additional resources and is working with multiple agencies to locate the missing aircrew.
The Cleveland National Forest, where the helicopter was found, covers 720 square miles (1,860 square kilometers) and has challenging terrain with limited trails. The National Weather Service predicted 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) of snowfall above 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), along with strong winds.

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