Marines sticking with Osprey despite crash-related questions
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.