The Australian Navy found a missing U.S. Marine aircraft submerged after it crashed, killing three service members off the country’s eastern coast, officials said Monday.
The MV-22 Osprey crashed in Shoalwater Bay with 26 people on board after taking off from the U.S. Navy’s USS Bonhomme Richard assault ship on Saturday, off the Queensland coast.
The Okinawa-based heli-plane plunged into the water while trying to land on the USS Green Bay. Twenty-three of those passengers were rescued.
Search crews suspended the rescue operation on Sunday and notified the families of those presumed dead in the wreck.
Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement that a survey ship found the crash site shortly after arriving in the bay overnight.
The Portland Press Herald identified Bethel, Maine, native 1st Lt. Benjamin Robert Cross as one of the crash victims.
The 26-year-old Marine had been based in Okinawa for the past year but had spent the last three months training in Australia, the paper wrote, citing family members.
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