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The Super Stallion helicopter craft is capable of carrying up to 50 marines or 30,000 pounds of equipment.

In the third incident involving Marine Corps aircraft in less than 24 hours, a United States Marines Corps CH-53 helicopter was damaged late Tuesday while landing in the East African country of Djibouti, in the vicinity of Arta Beach, according to a spokesman for the U.S. military.

A CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter crashed Tuesday at about 2:35 p.m. local time, outside the border town of El Centro, Calif., with the crewmembers aboard, according to a statement by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

In a press release, the Marine Corps wrote that the status of all four crew members is, "presumed dead pending positive identification".

The authorities are investigating the crash case, to know the actual cause behind the crash.

Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . The names of the crew members are to be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin have been informed.

The Marine also said in a statement, "Four crew members were aboard the aircraft".

The president tweeted Wednesday that his thoughts and prayers were with those who lost their lives.

He says the Marine Corps will take custody of the bodies to conduct autopsies.

"It was pretty much a warm clear day", said Chief Deputy Thomas Garcia with the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Office. We pray for their families and our great @USMC. It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo. The Marines ultimately ruled that crash was the result of pilot error, leading two of the massive aircraft to collide in the air.

Tuesday's California crash is the deadliest involving a Marine aircraft since a KC130T transport plane went down in MS last July, killing 15 Marines and a sailor.


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