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The Navy will ground aviation units on Monday as part of a safety review following several fatal crashes.
A Marine Osprey crashed June 8 in the California desert, killing five Marines during a training exercise. More than 40 people have died in Osprey crashes since 1991, according to the Washington Post.
Following the accident, the Commander of Naval Air Forces ordered all undeployed Navy aviation units to conduct a “safety break” on June 13 to review risk management practices and training in hazardous situations, the Air Force said.
Deployed units will pause at the “earliest possible opportunity”.
5 US MARINES CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN CALIFORNIA
“In order to maintain our force’s readiness, we must ensure that the safety of our people remains one of our top priorities,” said the commander wrote in a press release.
The five US Marines who died in the accident were identified on Friday.
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The deceased has been identified as Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Ill.; Captain Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, Calif.; and, Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico, said the Marine Aircraft Wing’s Office of Communications Strategy and Operations in a statement.
Major Mason Englehart, director of communications strategy and operations at MAW, said the MV-22B Osprey and its crew were conducting routine flight training at the time of the crash, the cause of which is still under discussion. of an investigation.
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The Marines were based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., at the time of the incident.
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.