21:53 GMT26 January 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The cause of the crash of a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a training mission in California is under investigation and the four crew members who were onboard are presumed dead, the Marine Corps said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "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. [7:35 p.m. GMT] Tuesday during a routine training mission," the release said. "The status of all four [crew members] is presumed dead pending positive identification. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation."

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    The names of the victims will be released within the next 24 hours after their families are notified, the statement added.

    The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military.


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