4 marines believed dead after an aircraft crash near Mexican border. Official statement released
Dying for one's country is something that not everyone is ready to do, and those who do are considered heroes and given the honor of having a highly respectful funeral service.
But, unfortunately, not all of those who join the special forces fall abroad, and they die and inglorious death. That happened to four members of the U.S. Marine Corps yesterday, April 3, 2018.
The identity of the soldiers is yet to be revealed, but they were all aboard a helicopter that fell from the sky during exercises along the U.S.-Mexico border, as reported by Fox News.
The helicopter, a Marine Corps CH-53E, crashed near Plaster City, in California, and it belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego. The news was given by the Naval Air Facility El Centro.
The naval facility took to Facebook to let everyone know what had happened but refused to go into detail. It was just announced that the helicopter had fallen, asking people to be patient while the situation unfolded.
According to the source, the Naval Air Facility El Centro dispatched fire and security units, as well as other flying squads, to the scene of the crash to investigate the case.
Also through Facebook, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing notified that the helicopter, nicknamed 'Super Stallion,' crashed at 'approximately' 2:35 p.m. and that the names of the fallen soldiers would be withheld for 24 hours until next of kin notifications were complete.
As reported by Fox News, the reason behind the crash is still unknown, but the Marine Corps deemed its CH-53 fleet 'inadequate' in front of Congress in November of 2017.
The statement claimed that the Marine Corps only had 143 helicopters available out of the 200 required and that only 37 percent of them were considered to be in good enough condition to fly.