Five Marines, helicopter reported missing on stormy Nevada-Calif. flight

The chopper was due to Miramar from Creech Air Force base on Tuesday night.

A helicopter carrying five Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 went missing during a stormy flight from Nevada to California.

Driving the news: The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was reported overdue after leaving Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and was en route to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.


  • The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is coordinating search and rescue efforts with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Civil Air Patrol.
  • The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection received word about the missing helicopter and the last known contact with the crew was at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
  • Search efforts have been hampered by heavy snow and muddy terrain in the remote area of Lake Marina in the Cleveland National Forest.
  • The U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and the Civil Air Patrol are assisting in the search.
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