U.S. and Japanese Divers Collaborate in Recovery Efforts
Written By Shafeek Ahmad,
In a collaborative effort between U.S. and Japanese divers, the wreckage and remains of crew members from a U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft, which tragically crashed off southwestern Japan last week, have been discovered. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) announced this solemn revelation on Monday.
The CV-22 Osprey, a versatile aircraft used for military operations, crashed during a routine training mission off Yakushima Island. The incident claimed the lives of eight American personnel, with only one victim identified as Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Galliher of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Divers from the Japanese navy and the U.S. military undertook the challenging task of recovery on Monday. They located what appears to be the front section of the Osprey, along with the possibility of finding five missing crew members. However, Japanese navy officials refrained from confirming these reports, citing the need for consent from the U.S.
In response to the discovery, AFSOC emphasized that the primary focus remains on bringing the Airmen home and supporting their grieving families. The command reaffirmed its commitment to prioritizing the privacy and well-being of those affected by this tragic incident.
Safety Concerns and Response:
The Osprey’s crash has reignited safety concerns, prompting Japan to suspend all flights of its own fleet of 14 Ospreys. Japanese officials have requested the U.S. military to resume flights only after ensuring their safety. As of now, the U.S. military continues to operate 24 MV-22s, the Marine version of Ospreys, deployed on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
Under the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, Japanese authorities lack the right to seize or investigate U.S. military property without U.S. consent. This presents a challenge in independently determining the cause of the accident, as Japan cannot conduct investigations without the U.S. military’s cooperation.
Pieces of wreckage collected by Japan’s coast guard and local fishing boats have been handed over to the U.S. military for examination. While this includes parts of the aircraft and an inflatable life raft, no elements related to the crash’s cause, such as an engine, have been identified. Witnesses reported seeing fire emanating from one of the engines.
As recovery operations continue and investigations unfold, the collaborative efforts between the U.S. and Japanese teams underscore the shared commitment to uncovering the truth behind this tragic incident. The impact of the Osprey crash resonates not only as a military loss but also as a reminder of the importance of aviation safety and international cooperation in the face of adversity.
Editor’s Note: Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones affected by this heartbreaking event.
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About the author: Shafeek Ahmad is a freelance writer passionate about business and entrepreneurship. He covers a wide range of topics related to the corporate world and startups. You can find more of his work on Howtobeaspoonie.com.