Two Marine Corps Aircraft Lost in Crashes
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps lost two aircraft — an AV-8B Harrier and a CH-53E helicopter — on April 3. The four crew members aboard the CH-53E were presumed dead.
“An AV-8B Harrier pilot is receiving medical care after ejecting during takeoff from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti, April 3, 2018, just after 4 p.m. local time,” U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a release of the same date.
The Harrier II was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 and embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima.
“Doctors said the pilot was in stable condition while being evaluated at Camp Lemonnier’s expeditionary medical facility in Djibouti,” the release said. “There are no reports of injuries to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport. The airport is open.”
A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed in the vicinity of El Centro, California, at approximately 2:35 p.m. April 3 during a routine training mission, the wing announced in an April 4 release.
The four crew members are presumed dead pending positive identification.
The causes of the mishaps currently are under investigation.