The US military has grounded all Osprey V-22 helicopters after a crash off the coast of Japan led to eight deaths, attributed to a potential material failure in the aircraft. The grounding, which includes fleets from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, will remain until the investigation clarifies the cause and ensures the fleet’s safe return to operations.
- The grounding decision follows a fatal crash involving Air Force Special Operations Command service members, with preliminary investigations suggesting a material failure.
- Questions about the Osprey’s safety record have resurfaced, given its involvement in multiple fatal incidents since its introduction.
- The U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy have grounded their Osprey fleets, affecting hundreds of aircraft.
- The Osprey, a unique hybrid aircraft, has faced scrutiny over mechanical issues, including problems with its clutch system and manufacturing standards.