Location: Tiwi Islands, Northern Australia
A really sad thing happened on Sunday. An airplane carrying U.S. Marines crashed into the water near some faraway islands in northern Australia. These Marines were helping move soldiers around as part of a normal practice for the military.
There were 23 Marines on the plane, and three of them didn’t make it. Five others got hurt badly and had to go to the hospital. The hospital is called the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The people in charge of the Marines, called Marine Rotation Force – Darwin, told everyone about the crash in a statement. They said they’re trying to figure out why the plane crashed.
This crash took place during a practice called Exercise Predators Run 2023. The plane that crashed was helping out with this practice. The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, said that no Australians were hurt in the crash. He called it a really sad event.
The Prime Minister also said that Australia and the U.S. work together a lot, especially when it comes to the military. They do this because they want to help each other out, especially when things are tough.
A lot of people from different countries, like Australia, the U.S., the Philippines, Indonesia, and East Timor, were taking part in these practice exercises together. They were practicing because they want to be prepared in case there’s a problem in the future.
Lately, the U.S. and Australia have been helping each other more because they’re a bit worried about China, which is another big country in that part of the world.
Prime Minister Albanese and Defense Minister Richard Marles, who helps with the military, said that this sad crash reminds everyone how important it is to support each other. They said both Australia and the U.S. have been friends for a really long time, more than a hundred years.
This accident comes after another accident happened last month. Four Australian soldiers passed away when the helicopter they were in crashed into the ocean near Queensland. These accidents show that training for the military can be risky, but the people who do it are brave and work really hard.