A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing went down "in the vicinity" of El Centro during a routine training mission, according to a statement from the Miramar air station near San Diego. On it informs TV channel ABC, citing an official statement of the American military.
A post on the El Centro Naval Air Facility's Facebook page said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by the tragedy earlier today".
Four crew members are presumed dead after a Marine helicopter crashed on Tuesday during a training mission in Southern California, the military said. The cause is now under investigation. The helicopter belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego.
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The Marine Corps is withholding the names of the victims until their families can be notified.
Tuesday's crash would be the deadliest Marine aircraft crash since a KC-130T transport plane went down in MS last summer, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, according to the Associated Press. "Right now we ask that you keep these courageous service members in your thoughts and prayers".
The Naval Safety Center has yet to record the reported crash of a Marine AV-8B Harrier II jet crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti on Tuesday evening.
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This is not the first time a CH-53E was involved in a deadly crash.
A CH-53E Super Stallion, used mainly for heavy lifting of military equipment, comes down near El Centro, close to Mexico's border.
There were no reports of injuries to personnel on the ground or damage to the infrastructure at the airport.
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