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Three Marines remain missing after the crash.

"It's been a rough couple of days", said Robert Cross, father of 1 Lt. Benjamin Cross, who said his 26-year-old son was a skilled and dedicated pilot.

The crash is just the latest mishap for Marine Corps aircraft. After more than 24 hours of searching for those three Marines, the service announced Sunday morning that it was suspending rescue operations and shifting to recovery efforts.

"The Australian Defence Force has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday", according to a statement by Payne.

Twenty-three other people aboard the MV-22 Osprey have been rescued.

The aircraft had taken off from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) amphibious assault ship and was on regular operations when it crashed, according to the Marine Corps. It was not clear if the Marines were recovered in the wreckage of the found aircraft.

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The aircraft was in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by the USA and Australia last month in Shoalwater Bay.

The MV-22 is a hybrid-type aircraft that can take off and land as a helicopter but transitions its two engines to fly like an airplane in midflight.

Australian Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne said Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities had been deployed to assist.

Most recently, an Osprey crashed in January during a special operations raid on al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, leaving two servicemembers injured.

Ospreys were grounded in Japan last December after pilots ditched one in shallow water just off Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa. -Australian naval exercise, Talisman Sabre 2017, involving the Bonhomme Richard expeditionary strike group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit between late June and early August.


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