5 Marines killed in helicopter crash near San Diego

Five Marines who were aboard a helicopter that crashed in the mountains outside of San Diego during a storm are confirmed dead, U.S. military officials announced Thursday.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter went off course Tuesday night as it was returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego following a training at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas.

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the ‘Flying Tigers,’” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commander of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, in a statement.

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