Osprey crashes off Okinawa, crew safe

Marines prepare to board MV-22 Ospreys at landing zone Westfield, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on Dec. 10, 2016. An Osprey crashed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, on Tuesday. All crew members aboard have been reported safe.


By TARA COPP | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, the Marines said Tuesday.

Five Marines were on board the Osprey, two were injured and all were rescued, the Marines said.

The Marines described the crash as a “shallow landing” that occurred near Camp Schwab at about 10 p.m. local time Monday.

The Osprey crew was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

The Marines said the crew was airlifted from the crash by the 33rd Rescue Squadron from Kadena Air Base and taken to the naval hospital at Camp Foster, where they are being treated for injuries.

Last week, a Marine Corps F/A-18C jet also assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing crashed off the coast of Okinawa, resulting in the death of the pilot, Capt. Jake Frederick.

The last Osprey incident that caused more than $2 million in damage to the aircraft or death or permanently disabled a crew member, known as a Class A mishap, was in December 2015.

In that incident, an Osprey landed short of the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport dock ship, and the plane had to be removed from the flight deck by a crane. No injuries were reported.  

In May, an Osprey carrying 22 Marines made a hard landing in Hawaii. Two Marines died.

The Osprey has recorded more than 12 Class C incidents and at least two Class B incidents in 2016, according to data provided by the Naval Safety Center in August.

Class C incidents can include injuries or damages to the aircraft ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Class B incidents include partial disability and damage to the aircraft up to $2 million.


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