The wreckage of a helicopter lost during a training mission off the Australian coast last week has been located, authorities said Monday.
The MV-22 Osprey helicopter crashed off Australia’s east coast on Saturday. Twenty-three aboard were rescued but three remain missing. The aircraft was found in Shoalwater Bay, off Queensland state.
“Shortly after commencing survey operations in the area, the submerged aircraft was located,” a statement from Australian Marise Payne said Monday. It added that divers are assisting with the U.S.-led recovery efforts.
The chopper was launched from the USS Bonhomme Rischard, an amphibious assault ship, on Saturday. It struck the deck of the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport ship, and fell into the water.
A search by U.S. aircraft and boats for the missing men was called off later the same day.
The Corps referred to the incident as a “mishap” and identified two of the missing as Lt. Benjamin Cross and Crew Chief Nathan Ordway.
The joint exercise involved more than 30,000 U.S. and Australian personnel, the Australian said.