7th December 2023 – (Washington) In a move that has raised concerns about the safety of the Osprey V-22 helicopter, the U.S. military has grounded all of its Osprey aircraft, just one week after a fatal crash off the coast of Japan that claimed the lives of eight Air Force Special Operations Command service members.
The decision to ground the aircraft was made after a preliminary investigation into the crash indicated that a material failure, rather than a mistake by the crew, led to the tragedy. The investigation is ongoing, but the initial findings have raised questions about the safety of the Osprey, which has been involved in multiple fatal accidents over its relatively short time in service.
The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have all taken the extraordinary step of grounding their Osprey aircraft, with the Air Force confirming that hundreds of aircraft have been affected. The move is seen as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of crew members and passengers, and to allow for a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.
The crash last week occurred during a training exercise, and involved an Osprey aircraft that was operating from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The incident marked the deadliest crash involving the Osprey since it entered service in 2007, and has sparked concerns about the aircraft’s safety record.