Pilot, crew chief, government officer recognized as three US marines killed in Tiwi Islands Osprey crash

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The pilot, crew chief and squadron government officer have been recognized because the three US marines killed in Sunday’s Osprey crash on the Tiwi Islands. 

Captain Eleanor V LeBeau, 29, Corporal Spencer R Collart, 21, and Main Tobin J Lewis, 37, have been killed when the MV-22B Osprey crashed and caught fireplace throughout a navy coaching train. 

Twenty-three marines have been onboard the Osprey when it crashed on Melville Island, with three marines nonetheless in hospital. 

One is in a vital situation, and two are in a secure situation.

Seventeen different marines have been taken to hospital and handled for minor injures. 


In an announcement, commanding officer of the Marine Rotational Pressure Darwin, Colonel Brendan Sullivan, mentioned the drive was “deeply saddened” by the loss. 

“We want to categorical our honest gratitude to the Australian Defence Pressure, Northern Territory Police, Northern Territory Authorities, CareFlight Air and Cell Providers, NT Well being, Nationwide Essential Care and Trauma Response Centre, and Tiwi Island Authorities [Tiwi Land Council], who’ve come collectively to help us on this troublesome time,” he mentioned.

Captain LeBeau, initially from Illinois, was piloting the plane when it crashed. 

She has been recommended for managing to land the plane in such a approach that the 20 different personnel on board survived. 

US Marine Corps Captain Eleanor V LeBeau, 29, was the MV-22B Osprey pilot for VMM-363 (REIN).(Provided: Defence)

Corporal Collart enlisted within the Marine Corps in 2020 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2023.

Corporal Spencer R Collart, 21, was the MV-22B Osprey crew chief for VMM-363 (REIN).(Provided: Defence)

Main Lewis commissioned within the Marine Corps in 2008, being promoted to the rank of Main in 2018. 

Main Tobin J. Lewis was the manager officer of VMM-363 (REIN).(Provided: Defence)

All three have had extremely embellished careers, being awarded quite a few service medals and awards.

NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy on Monday mentioned Train Predators Run — the coaching train the marines have been finishing up on the time of the crash — had been paused, however would in the end proceed on the NT’s mainland

Greater than 2,500 troops from the US, Australia, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Indonesia have been participating within the train. 

Round 2,000 US marines and sailors are deployed to Darwin annually for coaching and workout routines, with this yr marking the twelfth iteration of the Marine Rotational Pressure in Darwin. 

Commissioner Murphy mentioned the restoration mission can be “extended, enduring and complicated”, with police anticipated to spend no less than 10 days on the website investigating the crash. 

He mentioned it was “extremely fortunate” extra lives weren’t misplaced within the fireplace. 

NT Police will put together a report for the coroner, with US authorities additionally concerned in investigations already underway. 

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US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy extends her ‘deepest sympathies’ to the households and fellow marines of these killed and injured within the Osprey crash on Melville Island.

Crowds collect in Darwin to pay their respects

Greater than 100 folks, together with a lot of US marines, attended a vigil on the Darwin Cenotaph on Monday evening to mourn the lives misplaced.

Greater than 100 folks attended the vigil.(ABC Information: Michael Franchi)

Bradley Torgan from the Australian-American Affiliation of the Northern Territory described the occasion as “shifting”.

On the Tiwi Islands, elder Bernard Tipiloura mentioned he and his folks have been making ready a conventional ceremony to assist the spirits of the deceased relaxation. 

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