US Military Grounds Entire Fleet of Advanced Osprey Aircraft After Deadly ‘Mishap’

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The U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps grounded their fleets of V-22 Ospreys after eight crew members were killed when one of the aircraft crashed in Japan.

The Air Force’s move was announced in a news release Wednesday from Air Force Special Operations Command.

Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind, AFSOC commander, said he gave the order for Ospreys to be grounded while the force investigates whether any problems with the tilt-rotor aircraft could have led to the Nov. 29 crash near Yakushima Island.

“The standdown will provide time and space for a thorough investigation to determine causal factors and recommendations to ensure the Air Force CV-22 fleet returns to flight operations,” the release said.

It did not say how long the fleet would be grounded.

Naval Air Systems Command announced Thursday it was following AFSOC’s lead; NAVAIR is in charge of Navy and Marine Ospreys, according to The Associated Press.

“Out of an abundance of caution, following the AFSOC operational stand down, NAVAIR is instituting a grounding bulletin for all V-22 Osprey variants Dec. 6. This decision comes after the V-22 Osprey mishap on Nov. 29, off the shore of Yakushima, Japan,” the release said.

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