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Five Marines die when military plane crashes in western US

Mueren cinco Marines al estrellarse avión militar en oeste de EEUU

Five Marines traveling aboard a US military aircraft died when the plane crashed in the south of the state of California, military authorities confirmed this Thursday.

"We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they face this tragedy"reported Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering of the Marine Corps 3rd Airborne Division.

The MV-22B Osprey aircraft went down during a training mission on Wednesday near Glamis, just 35 kilometers from the border with Mexico.

According to the force, an investigation into the causes of the accident is underway.

The Osprey is a plane called "vertical takeoff and landing" It has rotating wings that can be set up to give it helicopter-like maneuverability, or forward to give it the forward motion of an airplane.

The US military has suffered a series of plane crashes, including a crash in Norway that left four Marines dead in March.

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