5 Presumed Dead After Military Aircraft Crashes In California

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IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – A military aircraft crashed near Glamis, California Wednesday afternoon.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and military first responders are on the scene near State Route 78.

Reports suggest at least four people are dead and one person is unaccounted for. The cause of the crash is unknown.

Scanner traffic indicated the aircraft was a V-22 Osprey possibly carrying radioactive and nuclear material. The Marine Corps later said there were no nuclear-related items onboard.

The plane belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, officials said.

Naval Air Facility El Centro wrote on its Facebook page: “NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78. Installation, federal fire and Imperial County Fire Department are responding. I do not have any additional details at this time as facts become verified and available information will be released on the base’s Facebook page. Please be patient as the installation team works through this emergency.”

This is a breaking news update and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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