Search Under Way for Osprey That Went Down Off Australian Coast

Marsha Scott
August 6, 2017

Twenty-three of the 26 personnel on board have so far been rescued.

In December, the U.S. Osprey squadron was grounded in Japan after an Osprey crashed into the sea, injuring five people after a hose broke during a refueling operation. The exercises were a follow-up to joint military training between United States and Australian forces that wrapped up last week.

The search and rescue operation is being conducted by the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unite and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, which are on deployment in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

Australian media reported that two Marines were missing and 22 were rescued in the incident.

"I can confirm no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft", Ms Payne said in a statement. A search and rescue operation has been launched for the same. "The United States are leading the search-and-recovery effort", Payne noted in her statement.

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She had also briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and spoken with US Defense Secretary James Mattis to offer Australia's support.

The V-22 Osprey is a combination aircraft, says its maker Boeing, with helicopterlike rotors allowing it to hover; once airborne, it can convert to a fixed-wing plane capable of high speeds and altitudes. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft created to be able to take off and land vertically but fly much like a plane at greater speeds than conventional helicopters.

In December a year ago an MV-22 Osprey made what the Marines called a "controlled landing" just off the coast of Okinawa during a night training flight that left the aircraft in pieces.

This is not the first time that an MV-22 aircraft has caused problems, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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