A US military plane crashes off the coast of Australia
A US military plane crashes off the coast of Australia. Image source: IANS News
Canberra, August 27: A US military aircraft crashed off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia, on Sunday while it was participating in a training exercise.
According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, the plane, a Boeing V-22 Osprey, was taking part in a training exercise at 9:43 a.m. local time Sunday when it went down on Melville Island, about 60 kilometers north of Darwin.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were no confirmed deaths, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the CareFlight air medical service had flown three injured passengers, one in critical condition, to the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The Australian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that all the personnel on board were Americans.
A spokesman for the ministry said: “Initial reports indicate that personnel from the US Department of Defense were involved in the incident and that members of the Australian Defense Force were not involved.”
“At this critical early stage, our focus is on responding to incidents and ensuring the safety of those involved.”
More than 2,000 soldiers take part in the annual Predator Race exercises in the Tiwi Islands.
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