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4 Dead After Military Helicopter Crashes Near US-Mexico Border

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A military helicopter with multiple people on board crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday afternoon. Four people died, the Associated Press reported.

The CH-53E crashed about 6 miles from Plaster City in Imperial County at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, The Desert Review reported.

The Naval Air Facility in El Centro posted on its Facebook page it was investigating the crash along with the Navy and the Marine Corps.

On defense contractor Lockheed Martin's website, the Sikorsky CH-53K — the downed chopper's most recent successor — is described as "the best choice for handling missions like humanitarian aid, troop transport, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), support of special operations forces, and combat search and rescue (CSAR). No matter the mission, the aircraft provides the highest degree of safety for its crew and occupants in all conditions."

Below is a photo of a CH-53E during a military operation.

26th MEU Marines conduct HST aboard USS Iwo Jima
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), picks up an AV-8B Harrier engine to transport it from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) to the fleet replenishment ship USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) during a Helicopter Support Team mission as part of Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Dec. 1, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean. The exercise allows all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) to join and train in realistic scenarios so the MEU as a whole can meet its Pre-Deployment Training Program objectives prior to their upcoming deployment at sea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner)
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