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Missing military helicopter found outside of San Diego, search continues for 5 Marines

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the Civil Air Patrol and Cal Fire are assisting the Marine Corps in search and rescue efforts. 

Published: February 7, 2024 9:37am

Updated: February 7, 2024 3:05pm

The Marine Corps helicopter that had been missing with five troops on board was found on Wednesday in an area outside San Diego, California. 

The search for the five marines is still ongoing, according to NPR.

Civil authorities detected the aircraft in a mountain community of Pine Valley. Rescue crews have said that the snowy weather has made getting access to the aircraft difficult.

The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nev., to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday when it was reported overdue, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the Civil Air Patrol and Cal Fire are assisting the Marine Corps in search and rescue efforts. 

Cal Fire said that "additional resources have been requested to assist with the rescue near Pine Valley due to heavy snow." Pine Valley is less than 50 miles away from San Diego and is located near the Cleveland National Forest, which is the area of the aircraft's last known location.

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