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Cherry Point Marine missing after fall from Osprey

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This morning, the search is intense for a Cherry Point, N.C., Marine who fell from an MV-22B Osprey yesterday during a routine training exercise.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening while a crew from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing was conducting a flight training exercise approximately 45 miles west of the Marine Air Station at New River.

Authorities have not released the name of the missing Marine although they have confirmed he is based at Cherry Point while the Osprey is based at the neighboring New River Station.

The Boeing-Bell Osprey is a Tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft.

While the Osprey has a long history of controversy and malfunction, there is no indication there were issues with the aircraft at the time the Marine fell.

A spokesman for Cherry Point did not release the number of Marines onboard the Osprey at the time of the incident.

EXAMINER'S NOTE: Follow up information on this as it becomes available.

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