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Pair of Okinawa-based Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan

An MV-22 Osprey sits on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Sept. 28, 2016.

BROOKE DEITERS/U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

By MATTHEW M. BURKE AND AYA ICHIHASHI | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 15, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — No injuries or damage were reported after two Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft made separate precautionary landings Tuesday in Japan.

In the first incident, a Marine Corps Air Station Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey experienced a “system error” and landed at Kagoshima prefecture’s Amami Airport at about 5:22 p.m., said Kyushu Defense Bureau spokesman Ippei Ohkubo.

The helicopter-plane hybrid was returning to Futenma from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Ohkubo said. It departed Amami at about 7:19 p.m. after being given the green light to continue to its destination.

A crew of eight left behind at the airport was picked up by another Osprey just before 8 p.m.

Ohkubo said there were no runway closures because of the incident; however, three commercial aircraft experienced delays of 25 minutes.

The second incident involved another Futenma-based MV-22 making an emergency landing at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency.

Officials from Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing declined to comment. Marine officials could not be reached on Wednesday evening.

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