Report details heroism in aftermath of Morocco Osprey crash
Newly released documents paint a picture of heroism in the immediate aftermath of an Osprey crash that left two Marines dead and two more seriously wounded, the Marine Corps Times reported.
An MV-22 hybrid aircraft crashed April 11 during a training exercise in Morocco, killing its two crew chiefs and injuring two pilots. The Marine Corps' investigation, released earlier this month, found no mechanical reason for the crash and concluded pilot error was to blame.
“Several members of the 24the Marine Expeditionary Unit were highlighted as repeatedly going above and beyond to render immediate assistance in a known hazardous environment,” the Times quoted the report as saying. “Rapid response by a multi-lateral force, highlighted by heroic individual Marines’ actions and top-quality emergency care by U.S. Naval medical personnel undoubtedly saved lives.”
The report highlighted the actions of a group of logistics Marine and the commander of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/2 who put themselves in danger to pull the crew members from the wreckage.
The crash has been a source of consternation in Japan, where Ospreys are scheduled to begin flying later this year. Many Japanese officials and residents oppose the deployment because they say the Osprey is unsafe.
Source: Marine Corps Times