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U.S. military grounds all V-22 Osprey aircraft after Japan crash

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The entire fleet worldwide. Technical malfunction or failure related.

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This is just a cautionary move. We all know by now that the V-22 is the safest aircraft statistically speaking and that all the accidents have been due to pilot error. Right?

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I hope they will put safety first the same as for passenger aircraft.

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send these back to maker and ask for refund.or throw them to ocean.

fast and more safe.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

The right decision, will save lives, crews and civilians.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Grounding all Ospreys until an accident cause is determined is the correct thing to do.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I think it's back to the drawing board for this one. The design is flawed.

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From the aeronautical designers, to the manufacturers, to the safety / testing engineers, to the government departments that commission, purchase and deploy these aircraft, every single one of these personnel owe an enormous duty of care to those who put their lives on the line and fly them.

Sadly, with over 50 people killed in various 'accidents' involving this aircraft, it seems that the whole project has proved to be totally unfit for purpose and must be scrapped, before more highly-skilled and highly-trained innocent individuals lose their lives.

We must not be scared to admit that mistakes have been made on this one, and that future designs and projects will prove to be extremely safe and reliable.

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Back to the drawing board I say!!

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The most recent Marine Osprey fatal mishap, which occurred in Australia in August, remains under investigation.

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The Marines should've grounded them right away esp. when the host country asked them to. It would've created a more cooperative display between Japan and the US military, but alas a week later, the US grounds them anyway but with a black eye in P.R. for them.

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A refund to Japanese taxpayers for buying these would be start.

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Japan needs to Ban these flying? coffins

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The same people are back. The deaths are terrible and the cause will be determined so corrective actions can happen, but this aircraft is well within the safety of other similar aircraft, flying in similar environments. It isn't a death trap.

Once again, follow the science and facts, not emotions. The US is grounding them just to make nice with emotional Japanese leaders, who need to "appear" to be doing something, when they can't really do anything.

People in the military know their jobs are dangerous. They accept that training accidents happen and people die. They are also committed to completing each mission. Until there is a replacement aircraft that fits the same mission, the V-22 will keep flying, with necessary improvements, as those become possible.

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OssanAmericaDec. 7  07:01 pm JST

Grounding all Ospreys until an accident cause is determined is the correct thing to do

Changed your tune pretty quickly LOL

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The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was grounding its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft after a fatal crash last week off the coast of Japan that killed eight people onboard. 

Local news media report that they are grounding all Ospreys, not only the Air Force's AV-22s but also the Navy and the Marines' MV-22s. The JSDF, which has 14 Ospreys which Japan had to buy for some political reasons, had already grounded the aircraft soon after the Yakushima crash incident.

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There was supposedly a second CV-22 in the flight. It would be interesting to know what the crew of the surviving aircraft saw. If they saw the mishap occur their observations will be critical to solving the mystery of what went wrong.

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Our fleet of CH-46Ds and Es were all grounded after my friend Marine Capt. John Price and his crew died during a post maintenance test flight of a freshly overhauled CH-46E over Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. The helicopter lost a rotor blade in flight, leading to in flight break up. Not a nice way to die. The depot that did the overhaul installed broken tension-torsion straps. Amazing failure on their part and one they would never admit, fighting the results of the mishap investigation for over a year. Every rotor blade in the CH-46 fleet, over 400 aircraft, had to come off for inspection. More broken tension-torsion straps were found, saving lives. We were back up and flying quickly though. The Phrog was a great helo but it was let down by shoddy work at a depot, a people problem and not a fault of the design in any way.

The clue to look at the rotor blades was that one blade was found very far from the rest of the wreckage, suggesting a failure in the blade. Once inspections started the problem was quickly identified and remedied. I'm not sure however the larger problem at that particular depot was resolved. We'll see where the investigation into this mishap goes.

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The US is grounding them just to make nice with emotional Japanese leaders, who need to "appear" to be doing something, when they can't really do anything.

Yes and to camouflage the lack of sovereignty that the J govt has in these matters, even though it is a "democracy."

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Good..

Send all that flying crap to a US desert junkyard..

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2023 the years that USA allow itself to be pushed around. First it was Israel now it Japan.

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The Marines should've grounded them right away esp. when the host country asked them to.

Except the one that crashed was an Air Force CV variant with different navigation, radar, and comm systems and increased fuel capacity and lighter body for extended range.

The Marine Corps variant is more robust to withstand landing on ships.

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