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U.S. report says Osprey accident due to pilot error

  • September 11, 2017
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NHK reported at noon that the Defense Ministry released a final report by the U.S. on the crash involving an MV-22 Osprey in shallow waters in Okinawa last December, which concluded that the cause of the incident was that the pilot raised the engine output too high due to tough climate conditions, making it difficult to maintain a certain distance from the  refueling plane and causing the right propeller of the Osprey to strike the refueling line. The pilot reportedly considered it difficult to continue flying safely and intentionally made a controlled emergency landing in the water. The network said Okinawa Deputy Governor Tomikawa visited Camp Foster on Monday to hear the outcome of the investigation from Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the top commander of U.S. forces in Okinawa. He was quoted as telling reporters after the briefing: “There was no formal apology…. The explanation was that the incident was a result of the skill of the pilot and not the aircraft itself. Of course, I am not satisfied.”

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