Three American troops missing after US Osprey ditches off Australia

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ATLANTIC OCEAN Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde give an MV-22 Osprey flight directions during touch and go training. Sailors assigned to Mesa Verde and Marines assigned to the 22n

The aircraft was "conducting regularly scheduled operations" when the mishap occurred.

It was in Australia for the recent Talisman Sabre military exercise - a biennial event involving Australia and the U.S., which involved more than 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.

Australian authorities said no Australian personnel were on board.

MV-22B Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during Talisman Saber 17.

In 2015, a U.S. Osprey crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii, killing two Marines.

Three service members are missing after a Marine Corps aircraft carrying more than two dozen people crashed off the Australian coast on Saturday.

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"I can confirm no Australian Defense Force personnel were on board the aircraft", Payne said.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has tweeted about the incident, reporting Marine Corps have announced a search and rescue after the MV-22 crash.

"The United States are leading the search and recovery effort", she said.

The report came from the U.S. Marine Corps in charge of these procedures, but it did not elaborate about the team members who were already rescued.

Critics have blasted the Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly like an airplane, as unsafe. The MV-22 is a vertical-launch aircraft, also known as an Osprey.

"On behalf of all Queenslanders, our prayers are with those USA military personnel involved in the incident", she said in a statement.

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