The Air Force has released information about the eight airmen who tragically lost their lives in the CV-22 Osprey crash, known as “Gundam 22,” off Yakushima Island in Japan. The crew members were from various states and backgrounds, including pilots, medical personnel, engineers, and linguists. The crash has prompted the grounding of Osprey fleets by both the Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps due to suspected mechanical failures.
- The CV-22 Osprey crash off Yakushima Island in Japan resulted in the loss of all eight crew members, identified as a diverse group from different states and career backgrounds.
- The crew members included Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, a CV-22 instructor pilot; Maj. Luke A. Unrath, an Aircraft Commander; Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, a Special Operations Flight Surgeon; Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, a CV-22 Aircraft Commander; Tech Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, a Medical Operations Flight Chief; Staff Sgt. Jake M. Turnage, a special mission aviator; Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, a Special Missions Aviator; and Staff Sgt. Jacob M. Galliher, an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst.
- The crash has led to the grounding of Osprey fleets by both the Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps, as it is believed to have been caused by a mechanical failure. Japan also grounded its Ospreys following the incident.
- The crew members were praised for their dedication, leadership, and contributions to their respective roles in the Air Force. They came from various educational and career backgrounds, reflecting the diversity within the military.