The U-S Marine Corps says one of the 5 men killed Wednesday afternoon when their Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed during training in the California desert was from Wyoming.
Corporal Seth Rasmuson of Buffalo was one of 3 crew chiefs on the MV-22. The other two crew chiefs were also killed, as were the two pilots.
Marine Major Mason Englehart says the Osprey went down about 12:30 in a remote area of Imperial County some 115 miles east of San Diego. Major Englehart says the investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing
Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Rasmuson’s death and that he and his wife are holding Rasmuson and his family in their prayers.
Barrasso also said “there is certainly more to learn about what happened and much more we need to hear about his life and service to our country,” but for now “we mourn this tragic loss.”
Also killed in the crash was Captain John Sax, one of the pilots and the son of former major league baseball player Steve Sax.
Steve Sax was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1982 and won two World Series in 8 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but also played for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland Athletics.
A 2nd-baseman, he developed throwing problems at one point – leading to creation of the term Steve Sax Syndrome to describe position players plagued by wild throws.