Transcript for Authorities call off search for 3 missing Marines
The sister for three missing U.S. Marines has turned from a rescue mission to a recovery effort. The three were among 23 passengers onboard a controversial osprey aircraft that went into the water. Stephanie, good morning. Right now investigators are trying to find anything they can from the aircraft that crashed, especially the data recorder. That could tell investigators why this aircraft went down. This morning the first images of the crash survivors at the hospital. The Marines rescued after their aircraft went down during a routine practice flight off the east coast of Australia. Investigators suspending the search for three service members missing at sea, calling it a recovery mission. They likely did not survive. Their aircraft hit the water around 4:00 P.M. Local time Saturday. U.S. Military aircraft and ships scoured the water for hours. Crews managing to rescue 23 of the 26 Marines onboard. It is unfortunate but it is a fact of life in military aviation those mishaps occur. In January of this year three U.S. Soldiers were hurt in an osprey hard landing in Yemen and in 2015 an osprey crashed during a military exercise in Hawaii. Showing it erupted in a ball of fire. Two killed. It's a difficult environment to train for but it's required for us to be prepared for combat. This is the second plane to crash in less than a month. 15 Marines and one sailor killed when their military transport plane crashed in Mississippi. Also on a training exercise. The osprey belongs to a unit out of okinawa Japan. The Japanese defense minister says he wants the U.S. To stop flying a aircraft until all information about this crash is known. Dan and Paula. Thank you.
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