Wreckage and Crew Remains from Osprey Aircraft Located by Divers off Japanese Coast, Air Force Confirms

by Lucas Garcia
Osprey Aircraft Safety

The United States Air Force has confirmed that U.S. and Japanese divers have located wreckage and crew remains from a U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft that tragically crashed off the coast of southwestern Japan last week.

The incident involved a CV-22 Osprey with eight American crew members on board, which went down near Yakushima Island while on a training exercise last Wednesday. Previously, one victim’s body was retrieved and identified, while the search continued for the remaining seven crew members.

Officials from the Air Force Special Operations Command have reported ongoing recovery efforts for the remains, with the process of identification still underway.

The Osprey, a unique U.S.-produced aircraft, is designed for versatility, operating as a helicopter during takeoff and landing and transitioning to airplane mode for faster cruising speeds.

This recent crash has reignited concerns over the safety of Ospreys, which have experienced several accidents, including those in Japan. These aircraft are utilized at both U.S. and Japanese military bases.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Osprey aircraft crash

What was the recent incident involving a U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft?

A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed last week off the coast of southwestern Japan during a training mission. The CV-22 Osprey was carrying eight American crew members when it went down near Yakushima Island.

Were there any casualties in the Osprey aircraft crash?

Yes, the crash resulted in casualties. Initially, one victim’s body was recovered and identified, while seven others remained missing. Subsequent recovery efforts have located additional remains, though identities have yet to be confirmed.

What are the capabilities of the CV-22 Osprey involved in the crash?

The CV-22 Osprey is a hybrid aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing like a helicopter, and it can rotate its propellers to cruise at higher speeds like an airplane. This versatility is unique to the Osprey design.

Have there been previous incidents involving Osprey aircraft?

Yes, the Osprey has been involved in several crashes, including in Japan. These incidents have raised safety concerns about the aircraft, which is used by both U.S. and Japanese military forces.

What is the current status of the recovery and investigation of the Osprey crash?

The recovery of wreckage and remains is ongoing, with U.S. and Japanese divers involved in the efforts. The process of identifying the recovered remains is also underway, as investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

More about Osprey aircraft crash

  • U.S. Air Force Osprey Crash
  • CV-22 Osprey Aircraft Features
  • History of Osprey Aircraft Incidents
  • Safety Protocols for Military Aircraft
  • U.S.-Japan Military Cooperation and Equipment

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AirForceVet December 4, 2023 - 8:27 pm

The Osprey is a complex machine, and it’s not surprising that it’s had issues. Training and maintenance are key, but still, safety should be the top priority.

TechWatcher December 4, 2023 - 8:42 pm

is it just me or are these aircrafts getting more unreliable? i thought technology was supposed to improve things…

JohnDoe December 5, 2023 - 2:35 am

wow, another crash? these ospreys always seem to be in the news for the wrong reasons. sad to hear about the crew…

PilotJane December 5, 2023 - 7:26 am

flying an osprey is challenging, requires a lot of skill. Thoughts with the crew’s families, such a tragic incident.


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