The CH-53E, often deployed aboard amphibious assault ships, is the military's largest, heaviest and most-powerful helicopter, according to its manufacturer, Sikorsky.
He says the Marine Corps will take custody of the bodies to conduct autopsies. Reports stated all four crew members on board were presumed dead.
In a statement, the Marine Corps said all four of the crew were presumed dead.
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was on a routine training mission when it crashed.
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The CH-53E Super Stallion crashed Tuesday in a desert area just outside El Centro, near the U.S. -Mexico border. The crew members haven't been identified.
The names of the victims will be released within the next 24 hours after their families are notified, the statement added. It is unclear what caused the helicopter to crash and an investigation is underway. The Super Stallion incorporates Global Positioning System, doppler radar, FLIR, and ANVIS-HUD sensors, and carries 7.62mm and 50 caliber guns (as a mission kit).
It is the largest and heaviest "heavy-lift" helicopter in the USA military.
The combined effects of budget cuts, apathy from Congress, delays in new aircraft programs, and the wear and tear of 17 years of war have made it more risky for military aircraft to fly - especially planes and helicopters that continue to fly long after they were supposed to be retired.