Osprey Wreckage Found Off Australian Coast, Three U.S. Marines Remain Missing

V-22 Osprey aircraft / Getty Images

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Three U.S. Marines remain missing after their V-22 Osprey aircraft crashed off the Australian coast on Saturday.

Following a multiple day search, the Australian Navy ship HMAS Melville located the Osprey wreckage on Monday, NPR reported.

The search for survivors was previously called off on Sunday when efforts turned into a recovery operation. Twenty-three Marines were rescued shortly after the crash; however, three service members have not been found.

Next steps include sending a remotely operated underwater vehicle to take a look at the scene. After the assessment, efforts will set forth to recover the aircraft and any human remains.

The crashed Osprey was part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Okinawa, Japan. It had taken off from the USS Bonhomme Richard.

The Osprey is a unique aircraft with rotors that tilt, a feature that allows it to take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. It has received attention over the years following multiple crashes. In 2016, five service members were injured when the aircraft crash-landed in shallow water of the coast of Okinawa. The Marine Corps temporarily halted Osprey operations in Japan after that incident.

The Marines have categorized the most recent accident as a "mishap."

The missing Marines' next of kin have been notified.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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