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US Osprey With 8 Crew Crashes off Japan: Coastguard

A US Osprey navy plane with eight crew on board crashed on Wednesday off the coast of Japan, the coastguard stated.

“We acquired data at 2:47 pm (0547 GMT) right now that the US navy’s Osprey crashed off Yakushima Island,” a spokeswoman advised AFP.

“We had been additionally notified that there have been eight crew members on board,” she added. “There isn’t a additional data in the intervening time.”

The island of Yakushima lies south of Japan’s southernmost primary island Kyushu.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Osprey departed from the Iwakuni US base within the Yamaguchi area headed for the Kadena base in Okinawa.

NHK additionally cited defence ministry sources as saying that the plane was a CV-22 Osprey belonging to the US Yokota air base in Tokyo.

The lean-rotor Osprey plane has a troubled historical past, with a string of deadly crashes through the years.

In August, a crash in northern Australia killed three US marines among the many 23 on board.

The Boeing MV-22B Osprey crashed on Melville Island, north of Darwin throughout a navy train for regionally based mostly troops.

Eight different US Marines wanted hospital therapy together with one among them in intensive care.

4 US Marines had been killed in Norway final 12 months when their MV-22B Osprey plane went down throughout NATO coaching workout routines.

Three Marines had been killed in 2017 when an Osprey crashed after clipping the again of a transport ship whereas making an attempt to land at sea off Australia’s north coast.

And 19 Marines died in 2000 when their Osprey crashed throughout drills in Arizona.

This month 5 US service members had been killed when a helicopter crashed into the Mediterranean throughout a coaching train.

Officers didn’t specify the place the plane was flying from, however the US has deployed a service strike group to the Mediterranean as a part of efforts to stop the Israel-Hamas battle from spiraling right into a regional battle.

There have been a number of different crashes of US navy plane in recent times, together with an F-35 stealth warplane that went down in South Carolina in September, with the pilot capable of eject.

In April, three US troopers had been killed and one other injured when two helicopters coming back from a coaching mission in a distant space of Alaska collided.

The earlier month, two US Military helicopters crashed throughout a nighttime coaching mission in Kentucky, killing all 9 troopers on board.