March 2, 2024

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The US Army is removing expensive Osprey aircraft from the air after a series of fatal accidents

The US Army is removing expensive Osprey aircraft from the air after a series of fatal accidents

Two Osprey planes have crashed repeatedly in recent years, both in the United States and abroad. At the end of November, the ship “Osprey” disappeared off the coast of a Japanese island, killing eight soldiers. In August, three US Marines were killed when the Osprey plane they were traveling in crashed in Australia. Then twenty soldiers were wounded.

There were also two fatal accidents in 2022. An American Osprey plane crashed in Norway while participating in a NATO exercise in stormy weather. The four US Marines on board the plane did not survive this accident. Five US Marines were killed in a plane crash in California near the Mexican border. Research later revealed that a mechanical error caused this accident.

The head of the Air Force Special Operations Command decided to “operationally suspend” these aircraft, which can take off and land vertically like a helicopter and also fly like an airplane. The expensive Osprey, which costs tens of millions, was first deployed in 2008 after 22 years of development.

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