Multiple deaths after plane with nuclear material crashes near music festival
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Fears have grown over a dangerous spill after a plane crashed with possible 'nuclear material' on board, killing four people, while a fifth is missing
The military aircraft hit the ground near the Route 78 highway in the Imperial County area of California, at around 12.25pm local time on Wednesday (June 8).
Teams from various emergency services, including ambulances, sheriff's deputies and firefighters, were seen rushing to the remote desert location.
The crash site is around 80 miles southwest of the location of the annual Coachella music festival.
Corporal Sarah Marshall, a spokesperson for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, said that the crash involved a MV-22B Osprey aircraft.
An anonymous federal source speaking to the Los Angeles Times said that all four killed in the accident were US Navy Marines.
Military officials were forced to deny that nuclear substances were not being transported on the plane after speculation began to spread on social media.
Aerial footage posted online showed smoke rising up from almost completely charred wreckage in the desert.
It is currently unknown what caused the plane to crash.
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Back in September 2020, a U.S. Air Force F-35B fighter jet in the same area crashed after it collided with an aerial refuelling tanker.
The pilot of the F-35B jet ejected and received treatment, while the crew of the KC-130J refuelling aircraft had landed safely.
No deaths or serious injuries were recorded.
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