Another one bites the dust: U.S. Marine Corps Osprey MV-22 crashes in Okinawa today

The other day while working in Saitama Prefecture and after walking out of the building I was in, I heard two distinct rotor blade sounds I had never heard before over the skies of Tokyo. Being familiar with aircraft working around them for ten years, I knew just by the sound they were probably American Osprey aircraft stationed in Okinawa. This morning just after 9:00am, a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey MV-22 aircraft crashed in Okinawa. I’m sure the Japanese are at this point are going to be seriously reconsidering allowing these aircraft flying over their skies without greater restrictions.
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Source: Nikkei Asian Review

U.S. military Osprey makes water crash-landing near Okinawa

December 14, 2016

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft made a water crash-landing off Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday night in the first major accident involving the tilt-rotor transport aircraft in Japan.

The five crew members aboard ejected from the aircraft and were rescued by the U.S. military, the Defense Ministry said. They were transported to a U.S. naval hospital to receive treatment for injuries, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Twitter.

The accident of the aircraft, seen by many in Okinawa as accident-prone, came at a time when a showdown between the central and prefectural governments are deepening on the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the southernmost island prefecture.

The Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft made a watercrash-landing off the eastern coast of the city of Uruma in the island prefecture at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Defense Ministry is checking the details with the U.S. military about the incident. The Japan Coast Guard is also trying to grasp the situation around the waters with two of its patrol ships and a helicopter.

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