Marines stick­ing with Osprey de­spite crash-re­lated ques­tions

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Munoz

Marines based in Ja­pan and else­where in the Pa­cific are con­tin­u­ing apace with air op­er­a­tions us­ing the MV-22 Osprey, de­spite re­quests from Tokyo to sus­pend those mis­sions in the wake of a pos­si­bly fa­tal crash in the re­gion over the week­end.

As of Mon­day, no flight re­stric­tions have been placed on the 24 Ospreys based at Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Futenma or other U.S. air­bases in the Pa­cific, Pen­tagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Mon­day. Se­nior mil­i­tary lead­ers at U.S. Pa­cific Com­mand and U.S. diplo­mats in Tokyo have held talks on how to im­prove safety re­quire­ments for fu­ture Osprey op­er­a­tions, Capt. Davis told re­porters at the Pen­tagon.

Ma­rine Corps of­fi­cials in Ok­i­nawa an­nounced Sun­day it had sus­pended res­cue ef­forts for the three Marines still miss­ing from the crash. The re­main­ing 23 Marines aboard the Osprey were res­cued.

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