It shouldn’t be uncommon for the US navy to floor total fleets after deadly accidents. A spokesperson for Japan’s defence ministry mentioned on Thursday its plane remained grounded.
“It goes without saying that ensuring flight safety is the highest priority in the operation of aircraft,” Japan’s chief cupboard secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, mentioned on Thursday. “We will continue to request information sharing with the US side to ensure flight safety.”
“The standdown will provide time and space for a thorough investigation to determine causal factors and recommendations to ensure the Air Force CV-22 fleet returns to flight operations,” AFSOC mentioned.
The deployment of the plane in pacifist Japan has confronted opposition, particularly amongst residents of the nation’s southwest Okinawan islands, the place there was a big US navy presence since Japan’s defeat in World War II.
An Osprey crash there in 2016 additionally led the US to floor its fleet of the plane in Japan.
According to the Flight Safety Foundation, at the very least 50 personnel have died in crashes working or testing the plane. More than 20 of these deaths got here after the V-22 entered service in 2007.
In August, three US Marines died in an Osprey crash off the coast of northern Australia whereas transporting troops throughout a routine navy train.
In 2022, 4 US personnel had been killed when an Osprey crashed in a distant a part of northern Norway throughout a NATO coaching train.