MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor that crashed in Australia, searches for the three missing Marines have been suspended
Okinawa, Japan - It was reported by the US Marine Corps. The accident happened on Saturday, probably during the landing on an aircraft carrier
Searches for the three Marines from the Unites States that went missing on Saturday -when a MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor of the US Navy entered the water off the east coast of Australia- have been stopped. It was reported yesterday in a statement by the III Marine Expeditionary Force of the US Marine Corps, that also specified that relatives had been notified and that the decision was taken after long searches by ships and aircraft. Twenty-six people were on the airplane/helicopter, twenty-three of whom were rescued. Recovery operations of the MV-22 -that fell on Saturday 5th of August at about 4 pm (local time) and the wreckage of which might have been found today by a vessel of the Australian Navy- will be conducted together with Australian Defence Force and may require a long time. The Osprey had left the USS "Bonhomme Richard" vessel and was going to the "Ronald Reagan" aircraft carrier. Investigations on the causes of the event are still ongoing. The accident adds to the many ones that involved in the years the MV-22 tilt-rotor by Bell Boeing, an aircraft that was designed starting in the '80s with tilting rotors at the edges of the wings, capable of taking off and eventually landing as a helicopter. In last December during a night exercise at the Okinawa Island (Japan) while air refuelling over the sea the rotor blades hit the refueller grab, but luckily there were no victims (for futher details see AVIONEWS 1 and 2).
World Aeronautical Press Agency