• Kyodo


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 same time, it will be far from helping,” said Susumu Hirose, 73, of Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was rocked by last week’s powerful earthquakes.

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