The search for the three missing Marines from the MV-22 Osprey crash near Australia has been suspended. 23 of the 26 personnel on the aircraft had been successfully rescued. The families of the missing have been notified according to the Marine Corps.

The search for three Marines missing after a “mishap” Saturday near the east coast of Australia has been called off.

The three were among 26 personnel aboard an Osprey aircraft taking part in a joint military training exercise held by the United States and Australia. Twenty-three of the 26 crew aboard were rescued, according to the Marine Expeditionary Force.

The circumstances of the mishap are currently under investigation, and there is no additional information available at this time, the statement said. The transition from a search-and-rescue to a recovery effort took place at 3 a.m. local time Sunday in Australia.  – USA Today

Featured image by U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Phylicia A. Hanson