BREAKING NEWS Out Of Australia… It’s Tragic

Capt. Benjamin R. Cross, Lance Cpl. Ruben P. Velasco and Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway, left to right.


We are saddened to report that the remains of three Marines killed in a plane crash off the east coast of Australia earlier this month have been discovered, the U.S. Marine Corps announced Friday.

The MV-22 Osprey which is a hybrid helicopter-turboprop plane with a history of deadly incidents went down Saturday off Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state.


Capt. Benjamin R. Cross, Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway and Lance Cpl. Ruben P. Velasco were killed when their plane crashed into the back of a U.S. Navy warship during a training mission on Aug. 5.

Some 23 other Marines on board were rescued.

It was the second deadly crash of a Marine Corps aircraft since July, after a Marine cargo plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta killing all 16 on board, Fox News reports.

The Marine Corps grounded all of their roughly 850 aircraft earlier this month as a result of the two crashes.


Last week an Army Black Hawk crashed in waters of Hawaii killing all five aboard.

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A total of 24 service members have been killed in these three non-combat aviation crashes since July.


This comes as the Navy is mourning the loss of 17 sailors following two crashes in the Pacific of guided-missile destroyers. More U.S. service members have been killed in the two collisions at sea then have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

The accident is the 10th known crash involving the Osprey an aircraft that takes off and lands like a chopper but flies like an airplane since 1991.

Last month the Navy grounded all 10 F-18 Hornets from VFA-37 aboard USS George H.W. Bush for a week during the ISIS fight.

Friday, the Military Times reported only 28 of the U.S. Navy’s T-45 trainer jets in Texas could evacuate from the path of Hurricane Harvey. 71 jets were placed in hangars to avoid the storm’s path, but officials are concerned about potential flooding which could damage the jets.

In April, more than 100 U.S. Navy instructor pilots refused to fly the T-45 in protest of what they say is the refusal of top brass to adequately address an urgent problem with training jets’ oxygen system, multiple instructors told Fox News.

“The pilots don’t feel safe flying this aircraft,” one pilot said at the time.

“We ask that you keep the families and friends of these Marines in your thoughts and prayers,” the statement from the Marine Corps read.

Rest in peace heroes…

God Bless.

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