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One Dead As U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Sea Near Japan

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One Dead As U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Sea Near Japan

A US military aircraft had eight people onboard before it crashed into the sea.

A U.S. military aircraft has just crashed near an island in western Japan. The Coast Guard reported that there were eight people onboard at the time of the incident and has deployed patrol boats and aircraft to the site, but details of the crash, including the status of those onboard, remain unknown. Eyewitnesses near the island’s airport say that the aircraft’s left engine appeared to be on fire as it descended. Tragically, the military aircraft disappeared from radar shortly after.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Hirokazu Matsuno, revealed that the U.S. military aircraft crash incident occurred at around 2:47 p.m. local time.

One Dead As U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Sea Near Japan
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This isn’t the first time a V-22 Osprey has been involved in a crash. In August, another U.S. Osprey crashed off the coast of northern Australia, resulting in the loss of three U.S. Marines. Additionally, a previous incident occurred in December 2016 when an Osprey crash-landedhttps://greenlemon.me/video-shows-moment-china-plane-boeing-737-nosedive-before-the-crash/ in the ocean off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, leading to a temporary grounding of the aircraft. The Osprey, a remarkable tilt-rotor plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing like a helicopter, is operated by the U.S. Marines, the U.S. Navy, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

One Dead As U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Sea Near Japan
The plane wreckage via Japan Coast Guard

However, its deployment in Japan has been a subject of controversy. Critics argue that the hybrid aircraft is prone to accidents, while the U.S. military and Japan maintain that it is safe. Per reports, the United States, which pledged to defend Japan after its defeat in World War II, has about 54,000 US troops in the country, many in the strategically important southern island chain, amid growing Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea. As investigations continue, it is crucial to uncover the causes behind this tragic incident and ensure the safety of future operations.

FAQs

How many people were onboard the U.S. military aircraft during the crash in Japan?

There were eight people onboard the aircraft during the incident.

Has there been any information about the status of the individuals onboard the crashed aircraft?

As of now, details regarding the status of those onboard remain unknown.

What time did the crash occur?

The crash happened at approximately 2:47 p.m. local time.

Are Osprey aircraft prone to accidents?

Critics argue that the Osprey aircraft is prone to accidents, while the U.S. military and Japan assert that it is safe.

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