Marine Aircraft Wing training mission crash kills Wyoming man

BRAWLEY, Calif.  — Officials say a Marine Corps aircraft carrying five Marines crashed in the Southern California desert Wednesday. The crash killed U.S. Marine Seth Rasmuson from Buffalo, Wyoming.

Marine Maj. Mason Englehart says the MV-22B Osprey belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Camp Pendleton and went down during a training mission at 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday near Glamis, California.

The site is about 115 miles east of San Diego. Englehart says the investigation is still underway and information was still being gathered about the five Marines who were on board.

“We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy,” said Major General Bradford J Gering, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).

“While military service is inherently dangerous, the loss of life is always difficult. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is committed to providing support to the families, friends, and fellow service members of the fallen Marines,” stated the press release from the 3rd MAW Communication Strategy and Operations Office.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming released the following statement regarding the Osprey crash.

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the death of one of Wyoming’s U.S. Marines, Seth Rasmuson. There is certainly more to learn about what happened yesterday, and much more we need to hear about his life and service to our country. Today, we mourn this tragic loss. Bobbi and I are holding Seth and his family in our prayers.”

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