5 Marines confirmed dead after helicopter goes missing

Five Marines were found dead after their helicopter disappeared while traveling from Nevada to California.

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

The Marines’ deaths were confirmed in a news release Wednesday.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I share the loss of five Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Flying Tigers while conducting a training flight last night,” said Maj. -General Michael J. Borgschulte in a statement. “These pilots and crew members responded to a calling greater than themselves and were proud to do so. We will always be grateful for their call to duty and selfless service.”

Their names have not been released.

Efforts are underway to recover the remains of the Marines, who were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. An investigation into the accident is still underway.

The San Diego area was hit with snow and rain due to a winter storm. Parts of San Diego County were under a rare tornado warning on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Please check again for updates.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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