Oct 21, 2016

Osprey demonstration flight arranged near Saga airport for Nov. 8

The Defense Ministry is arranging demonstration flights by Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft near Saga airport on Nov. 8 to give the local government the opportunity to assess the proposed deployment of the aircraft at the site, a prefectural official said Friday. The ministry and ...

Apr 19, 2016

Use of Ospreys for Japan disaster relief draws mixed reaction

The unprecedented use of U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft for disaster relief operations drew a mixed response from people in quake-hit Kyushu amid concern over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. “I feel Ospreys are accident-prone. If an earthquake and accident happen at the ...

Nov 24, 2015

Pilot error blamed for fatal Osprey crash in Hawaii

The U.S. Marine Corps said pilot error was the main cause of the fatal crash of an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Hawaii last May. “The investigation found the main contributing factors to this mishap were pilot performance and an improper site survey” of ...

Marines lay fatal Oahu Osprey crash mainly to pilot error

Nov 24, 2015

Marines lay fatal Oahu Osprey crash mainly to pilot error

The U.S. Marine Corps said Monday that pilot error was the main cause of the fatal crash of an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft in Hawaii in May. “The investigation found the main contributing factors to this mishap were pilot performance and an improper site survey” ...

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 25, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest the plan for building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners ...