US Marines helicopter crashes off Qld coast

Participants in a ceremony marking the start of Talisman Saber 2017 a biennial joint military exercise between the United States and Australia board a U.S. Marines MV-22B Osprey on the deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship off the coa

A search and rescue operation is under way off Queensland's coast for three marines who are missing after a United States military plane crashed into the sea.

The MV-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, capable of carrying 24 people at a time in addition to four crew members.

The US Marines Corps said 23 personnel aboard were rescued and the search and rescue mission continues off the coast of Shoalwater Bay for the missing three.

The MV-22 Osprey aircraft was trying to land on a ship during a training exercise conducted by USA marines and the Australian Army.

The Marines were running training exercises with the Australian military when the Osprey entered the water.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has tweeted about the incident, reporting Marine Corps have announced a search and rescue after the MV-22 crash.

'I have briefed Prime Minister Turnbull and spoken with Secretary Mattis this evening to offer Australia's support in anyway that can be of assistance'.

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The mishap is under investigation, Flanagan said, and search operations are ongoing.

Australian authorities said no Australian personnel were on board. Its five crew members were rescued safely.

Australian media reported the incident happened during an attempt to land on an aircraft carrier.

"It had a very hard development period", said Richard L. Aboulafia, an aircraft consultant and analyst with Teal Group, an aerospace and defense consultancy.

The U.S. military are leading the search and recovery effort. We will provide more details as they become available'.

The accident comes just a week after 15 Marines and navymen died in an Osprey crash in the US.

The U.S. plans to fly Ospreys at night as part of an upcoming joint exercise with the GSDF in Hokkaido between Thursday and August 28.

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