LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers participant Steve Sax has issued a press release saying that his 33-year-old son who had at all times dreamed of being a pilot was amongst 5 U.S. Marines killed throughout a coaching flight crash earlier this week within the California desert.
Capt. John J. Sax was among the many aircrew of an Osprey tiltrotor plane that went down throughout coaching in a distant space in Imperial County, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of San Diego and about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Yuma, Arizona.
“It’s with full devastation that I announce that my valuable son, Johnny was on of the 5 US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, within the Osprey Navy crash close to San Diego,” Steve Sax mentioned in a press release revealed Saturday by CBSLA-TV.
“For these of you that knew Johnny, you noticed his enormous smile, vibrant gentle, his love for his household, the Marines, the enjoyment of flying airplanes and defending our nation! He was my hero and the perfect man I do know, there was no higher particular person to defend our nation.”
The previous Dodger mentioned his son had needed to be a pilot since he was younger and would speak concerning the sorts of planes that had been flying overhead whereas enjoying within the outfield in Little League baseball.
“There was by no means any doubt from a younger age that Johnny can be a pilot and his ardour was to fly!” the assertion mentioned. “This loss will change my life ceaselessly and is a loss to not solely the Marines however this world!”
Steve Sax performed within the Main Leagues from 1981 to 1994, profitable two world championships throughout his seven years as a second-baseman with the Dodgers.
John J. Sax, of Placer, California, was one in every of two pilots killed within the crash, together with Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire.
Additionally killed had been three tiltrotor crew chiefs: Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico.
The Marines had been based mostly at Camp Pendleton and assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 of Marine Plane Group 39, a part of the third Marine Plane Wing headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
The Osprey, a hybrid airplane and helicopter, flew within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan however has been criticized by some as unsafe. It’s designed to take off like a helicopter, rotate its propellers to a horizontal place and cruise like an airplane.
The reason for the crash was below investigation.