Missing helicopter carrying 5 Marines found in California, search and rescue underway

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A missing helicopter carrying five U.S. Marines has been found by civil authorities in Southern California, the U.S. Marine Corps announced Wednesday. 

The search still continues for the Marines onboard the aircraft. The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is managing search and rescue efforts near Pine Valley, California, in San Diego County.

The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on Tuesday from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California “when the aircraft was reported overdue,” the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement.

The Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the statement said.