An MV-22 Osprey aircraft has been lost off the eastern coast of Australia with 26 personnel aboard.
The Osprey was assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 265, which was operating with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and recovery efforts are underway.
Pentagon Defense Press Operations Director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said, “The aircraft was conducting regularly scheduled operations when it hit the water,” Davis said, noting that the circumstances are under investigation.”
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating with the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group as part of a regularly scheduled deployment in the region.
The location of the aircraft has been found by the hydrographic survey vessel HMAS Melville.