Three US military personnel ‘missing and presumed dead’ and 23 rescued after Marine helicopter crashes into the sea off Queensland during joint exercise with Australia

Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

A U.S. military helicopter has crashed off the Rockhampton coast in Queensland
Three serviceman are reported missing and 23 others have been accounted for
The aircraft is reported to have crashed in Shoalwater Bay in North Queensland

5 August 2017

The U.S. military has launched a search and rescue mission after a helicopter reportedly crashed into the sea off the Queensland coast.

Three servicemen were missing, believed dead, while 23 others have been accounted for, The Herald Sun reported.

The MV-22 Helicopter was taking part in the Australian-U.S. Talisman Sabre joint exercise before it reportedly plunged into the sea off the coast of Shoalwater Bay, near Rockhampton in central North Queensland, on Saturday afternoon.

The publication reports the helicopter was attempting to land on the U.S.S Ronald Reagan when the incident occurred.

The Australian Department of Defence confirmed there were no Australian personnel on board.

‘I have offered our support to the U.S. following the MV-22 incident today and confirm no ADF personnel were on board,’ Defence Minister Marise Payne tweeted.

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