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Osprey that made “emergency landing” leaves Ishigaki

Mainichi wrote that a Futenma-based Osprey that made a precautionary landing at Ishigaki Airport in Okinawa on Sept. 29 when a warning appeared on its instrument panel left the airport on Wednesday after being inspected by the U.S. military. The paper wrote that the U.S. military has made no official announcement on either the cause of the incident or the results of the inspection and that the Okinawa Prefectural Government has told the GOJ that the Osprey should not fly until the cause of the emergency landing has been determined. The paper also wrote that residents of Okinawa and Saga, where the GSDF plans to deploy Ospreys, are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of the aircraft in view of the numerous accidents and incidents involving Ospreys that have happened since they were deployed in Okinawa five years ago.


Fuji TV reported this morning that the Osprey returned to MCAS Futenma late last night, noting that the USFJ released a comment through the Okinawa Defense Bureau saying it will conduct daily maintenance and inspections more robustly and take all possible measures.

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