Deputy Coroner Derrick Lindberg with the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the crew members were recovered late Tuesday and taken to the coroner's facility. None of its seven crew members or local residents was hurt, but the Japanese Defense Ministry's local bureau said the accident site was found to have been about 300 meters away from residential houses.
"The status of each four is presumed dead pending positive identification", browse a statement by the aviation unit.
Four U.S. Marines were presumed dead, after a chopper went down in California. Local media reports indicated medical aircraft were sent to the scene of the crash, in a remote area just west of El Centro, some 70 miles west of San Diego.
This is not the first time a CH-53E was involved in a deadly crash.
The victims' names won't be released until after they are positively identified and their next of kin are notified. It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo.
A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts an M777 howitzer during integrated slingload training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on April 12, 2017.
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