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Military aircraft crashes in Southern California desert

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(GLAMIS, Calif.) — A military aircraft crashed in a remote, desert area of Southern California on Wednesday, authorities said.

Five people were on board an MV-22B Osprey when it went down, according to a Marine official, who did not have any further update on their condition.

The downed aircraft belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said the crash took place around 12:25 p.m. local time

“Five Marines were onboard the aircraft, and we are awaiting confirmation on the status of all members of the crew,” it said in a statement. “We ask for the public’s patience as we work diligently with first responders and the unit to identify what occurred this afternoon.”

The Osprey was based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton with Marine Aircraft Group 39.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and Imperial County Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash, located near Glamis.

Naval Air Facility El Centro in Imperial County said it received reports of a downed aircraft near Highway 78 and Coachella Canal Road, and that military and civilian first responders were at the scene.

Reports of a downed military aircraft in the region came in midday Wednesday, according to Broadcastify audio obtained by ABC News.

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