Another American Osprey crashes

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Another American Osprey crashed on the coast of Japan on Wednesday with eight crew members on board.

A spokesman for the US military says the news was received at 14:47 local time.

Preliminary information indicates that the military plane crashed near Yakushima Island, south of Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu.

“We were also informed that there were eight crew members on board. There is no further information available at this time.”

The accident follows a few months after an incident during which an Osprey – a combination of a helicopter and a plane – crashed on a remote island north of Australia in August.

A total of 23 people died in the incident. This accident took place during military exercises on the remote and sparsely populated Melville Island about 60 km north of the Australian mainland.

RNews then reported that these military aircraft have a murky history and there have been several fatal accidents involving these aircraft in the past few years.

Four American marines died in Norway last year when their V-22B-Osprey crashed during a NATO exercise.

In 2017, three marines were killed when an Osprey crashed after hitting the rear of a cargo ship while it was trying to land at sea near Australia’s north coast.

And in 2000, 19 Marines died when their Osprey crashed during exercises in Arizona.

The hybrid craft has two rotary disk engines on fixed wings that allow it to land and take off vertically. It also flies much faster than a conventional helicopter.