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U.S. says pilot error caused Osprey crash off Nago

  • September 12, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to reports saying that the Ministry of Defense released on Monday a final report by the U.S. on the crash-landing involving a Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey in shallow waters off Nago last December. The report concluded that the cause of the incident was pilot error. The papers wrote that local officials and residents were displeased with the report. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Okinawa Area Coordinator Nicholson gave Vice Governor Tomikawa a briefing on the report, quoting Tomikawa as telling reporters after the meeting: “I was told that the incident was caused by pilot error, not mechanical malfunction. But this is not convincing from the viewpoint of the local residents.”

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