Marines missing after aircraft crash

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Twenty-three personnel were quickly saved, but three marines remained missing despite an air and sea search.

Benjamin Cross is from Bethel, said his brother, Ryan Cross.

The Marine Corps did not say what caused the crash, but indicated it is under investigation.

The recovery effort launched Sunday, and a family friend of Ordway's tells KAKE News that the marines went to their home at 1am Sunday to tell them that Ordway had been declared deceased.

The Osprey ditched into the water off the Queensland coast during a training exercise on Saturday afternoon, 23 of the 26 crew members on board were rescued.

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The families of all three missing Marines had been notified by Monday, according to the Marine Corps, but the Pentagon had yet to publicly identify them.

The aircraft had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard assault ship and was involved in routine operations when it crashed, the statement said. The Osprey was approaching the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock ship, about 4 p.m. local time when it hit the water with 26 Marines aboard, according to the Marines. It's not clear if recovery teams have yet located the remains of the fallen.

Payne said she had spoken with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance".

The latest incident is the 10th known crash involving an Osprey - an aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but flies like an aeroplane - since 1991. In May 2015, a U.S. Osprey made a hard-landing in Hawaii, resulting in the deaths of two Marines. The Osprey was assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 265, which was operating with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, he added.

Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts flying in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on June 29.