Wreckage of US military aircraft found off Australia

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH and CBS) - Update Monday (Aug. 7): Officials say the submerged wreckage of a U.S. military aircraft has been found two days after it crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia. Three Marines who were on board the plane remain missing and are presumed dead.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne says an Australian Navy ship helped locate the wreckage of the MV-22 Osprey on Monday off the coast of Queensland state. Marine officials say the aircraft was conducting regularly scheduled operations on Saturday when it crashed into the water.

The Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said a navy dive team plans to start the process of recovering the plane Monday night.

Nathan Ordway, from Wichita, is one of three Marines reported missing.


Family confirms one of three Marines missing off the coast of Australia is Nathan Ordway from Wichita, Kan.

The Marine Corps announced Sunday they had suspended the search for three of their members who disappeared after an Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia.

They announced they had notified the next-of-kin and that search and rescue efforts have been shifted to recovery efforts.

The MV-22 Osprey involved in the mishap had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft crashed into the water, the statement said. The ship's small boats and aircraft immediately responded in the search and rescue efforts.

A family friend of Ordway didn't want to be identified but said, "I talked to one of his family members, and they said that The Marines came to their door at about one a.m., and they are pretty much pronouncing him dead. They're pretty much giving up on him, and it's not fair."

She is asking for prayers and said friends aren't giving up on him.

Another Marine mom in Wichita said she reached out to Ordway's mother to offer support.

"Anytime a tragedy hits a Marine, a Marine's family, it hits all of us," said Cheryl Barnard.

Barnard said what happened is every mom's worst nightmare.

"It hits closer to home," said Barnard. "He's so young. My son is 21. These guys are out there, and women, I mean they're out there doing things they don't have to do, but they are."

This is a developing story. Eyewitness News will continue to update you on-air and online.