The bodies of four crew members killed when their Marine helicopter crashed during a training mission in the Southern California desert have been removed from the crash site, authorities said Wednesday. The crew members were recovered late Tuesday and taken to a coroner’s facility, said Deputy Coroner Derrick Lindberg with the Imperial Valley Sheriff’s Office. The Marine Corps will take custody of the bodies to conduct autopsies, he said. The CH-53E Super Stallion went down Tuesday afternoon in a desert area just outside El Centro, near the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.