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The U.S. Air Drive says divers have found wreckage and stays of crew members from a U.S. Air Drive Osprey plane that crashed final week off southwestern Japan

ByThe Related Press

December 4, 2023, 4:25 AM

The members of Japanese Coast Guard carry the particles that are believed to be from the crashed U.S. army Osprey plane, at a port in Yakushima, Kagoshima prefecture, southern Japan, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. Japanese and American army divers have noticed what may very well be the stays of a U.S. Air Drive Osprey plane that crashed final week off southwestern Japan and several other of the six crewmembers who’re nonetheless lacking, native media reported Monday.(Kyodo Information through AP)

The Related Press

TOKYO — U.S. and Japanese divers have found wreckage and stays of crew members from a U.S. Air Drive Osprey plane that crashed final week off southwestern Japan, the Air Drive introduced Monday.

The CV-22 Osprey carrying eight American crew crashed final Wednesday off Yakushima island throughout a coaching mission. The physique of 1 sufferer was recovered and recognized earlier, whereas seven others remained lacking.

The Air Drive Particular Operations Command stated the stays have been being recovered and their identities have but to be decided.

“The primary precedence is bringing the Airmen house and taking good care of their relations. Assist to, and the privateness of, the households and family members impacted by this incident stays AFSOC’s high precedence,” it stated in a press release.

The U.S. army recognized the one confirmed sufferer as Air Drive Employees Sgt. Jacob Galliher of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

On Monday, divers from the Japanese navy and U.S. army noticed what gave the impression to be the entrance part of the Osprey, together with presumably 5 of the lacking crew members, Japan’s NHK public tv and different media reported.

Japanese navy officers declined to substantiate the experiences, saying they may not launch particulars with out consent from the U.S.

The U.S.-made Osprey is a hybrid plane that takes off and lands like a helicopter however can rotate its propellers ahead and cruise a lot quicker, like an airplane, throughout flight.

Ospreys have had various crashes, together with in Japan, the place they’re used at U.S. and Japanese army bases, and the most recent crash rekindled security considerations.

Japan has suspended all flights of its personal fleet of 14 Ospreys.



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