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US Marine aircraft crashes off Australia, search and rescue effort underway

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U.S. service members were missing Saturday after their aircraft crashed off the east coast of Australia, the United States Marine Corps said.

It is unclear how many service members were aboard the Osprey heli-plane at the time of the crash, NBC News reported.

Vessels and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are taking part in the rescue operation.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said Australian defense force personnel were on board the aircraft.

This is developing story. 

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