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US military Osprey aircraft with 6 aboard crashes off southern Japan, at least 1 dead

Coast guard aircraft and patrol boats discovered one particular person, who was later pronounced dead at a close-by hospital, and gray-colored particles believed to be from the aircraft, Ogawa stated. They had been discovered about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) off the jap coast of Yakushima. An empty inflatable life raft was additionally discovered within the space.

“The government will confirm information about the damage and place the highest priority on saving lives,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno advised reporters.

The Osprey is a hybrid aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter, however throughout flight can rotate its propellers ahead and cruise a lot sooner like an airplane. Versions of the aircraft are flown by the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

Ogawa stated the aircraft had departed from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture and crashed on its option to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.

Japanese Vice Defense Minister Hiroyuki Miyazawa stated the Osprey had tried an emergency sea touchdown.

Kyodo News company, quoting Kagoshima prefectural officers, stated witnesses reported seeing fireplace coming from the Osprey’s left engine.

It stated a Japanese military base in Saga in southern Japan determined to postpone deliberate Osprey flight workout routines on Thursday.

U.S. and Japanese officers stated the aircraft belonged to Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. U.S. Air Force officers at Yokota stated they had been nonetheless confirming info and had no speedy remark.

Ospreys have had various accidents prior to now, together with in Japan, the place they’re deployed at each U.S. and Japanese military bases. In Okinawa, the place about half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan are primarily based, Gov. Denny Tamaki advised reporters Wednesday that he’ll ask the U.S. military to droop all Osprey flights in Japan.

In December 2016, a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey crashed off the Okinawa coast, injuring two of the 5 crew members and triggering complaints amongst native residents in regards to the U.S. bases and the Osprey’s security document.

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey with 23 Marines aboard crashed on a north Australian island in August, killing at least three and critically injuring at least 5 throughout a multinational coaching train.

It was the fifth deadly crash of a Marine Osprey since 2012, bringing the dying toll at that point to at least 19.