Japan urges U.S. military to ground Osprey aircraft
November 30, 2023 - Japan has asked the U.S. military to suspend all non-emergency V-22 Osprey flights over its territory, after one of the jets operated by the U.S. Air Force was involved in a fatal crash.
Japan's NHK broadcaster said the CV-22 Osprey hybrid plane had been trying to land at Yakushima Airport with one engine on fire.
The U.S. Air Force said the cause of the mishap during a routine training mission, which killed at least one person, is currently unknown. Search and rescue operations to find the remaining seven crew are still ongoing.
The Osprey, developed by Bell Helicopters and Boeing and which can operate like a helicopter or a fixed-wing plane, has suffered a string of fatal crashes over the years.