Wreck­age of Marines’ plane found at sea

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SYD­NEY — The sub­merged wreck­age of a U.S. mil­i­tary air­craft was found Mon­day, two days af­ter it crashed into the sea off the east coast of Aus­tralia, Aus­tralia’s de­fense min­is­ter said.

An Aus­tralian navy ship ar­rived in Shoal­wa­ter Bay in Queens­land state Sun­day night to help the U.S. mil­i­tary hunt for the MV-22 Osprey, which the Marines said was con­duct­ing reg­u­larly sched­uled op­er­a­tions Sat­ur­day when it crashed into the wa­ter. The wreck­age was found shortly there­after, Aus­tralian De­fense Min­is­ter Marise Payne said in a state­ment.

An Aus­tralian navy dive team planned to start the process of re­cov­er­ing the plane Mon­day night, the U.S. Ma­rine base Camp But­ler in Ja­pan said in a state­ment.

Three Marines miss­ing since the crash were de­clared dead to­day. Camp But­ler said they were: Ma­rine 1st Lt. Ben­jamin Cross, 26, of Ox­ford, Maine; Cpl. Nathaniel Ord­way, 21, of Sedg­wick, Kan.; and Pfc. Ruben Velasco, 19, of Los An­ge­les.

Twenty-three other per­son­nel who were on board the Osprey when it crashed were res­cued.

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