Four presumed dead in California military helicopter crash

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On Oct. 19, 2016, a Super Stallion from the "Warhorse" of Miramar-based Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 struck a shipping container at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona during reduced visibility landing training.

Tuesday afternoon around 1435, a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion crashed near El Centro, California, killing the 4 man crew.

A Marine Corp helicopter reportedly crashed in Southern California on Tuesday - and four members were believed to be dead. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the statement said.

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The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of the Miramar air station near San Diego.

As word spread of the crash, officials offered words of support for the marines' families.

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Maj. Morgan Frazer, a spokesman for the unit, said additional details about the crash were not available Wednesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday, a Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti. It is primarily used for used for minesweeping and transportation of cargo.

The aircraft is the "Marine Corps' primary heavy lift helicopter and has been in service for over 30 years", the website states.

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The pilot ejected and was listed in stable condition at Camp Lemonnier's expeditionary medical facility, said Cmdr.