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Defense Ministry rocked by Osprey accident rate

  • November 12, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times
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Sunday’s Okinawa Times wrote that Defense Ministry officials were shocked by the accident rate for the MV-22 in the U.S. fiscal year ending in September of 3.27 per 100,000 flight hours, since they had stressed the Osprey’s safety to Okinawa and other local governments by saying that its accident rate was lower than those of other Marine aircraft. The article explained that concern about the Osprey’s safety record is growing not only in Okinawa but also in other parts of Japan, including Hokkaido, where the Marines are expected to fly the aircraft for training and other purposes. The ministry is also worried about the possibility of the planned procurement of the tilt-rotor aircraft for the GSDF being affected adversely if local governments lose confidence in the ministry’s assurances of the Osprey’s safety.  

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