CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The Marine Corps said Wednesday that an MV-22 Osprey crash in Nevada last month resulted in the complete loss of the aircraft but the investigation into the cause of the incident remains ongoing. The crash has been labeled a Class A mishap, which is the most severe rating given to air incidents and means the overall damage exceeded $2 million, according to the public affairs office at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, where the Osprey was based. “As a result of the fire that occurred subsequent to the hard landing, it has been determined the mishap is a Class A and the aircraft is damaged beyond repair,” the air station said in a released statement. The Osprey made the hard landing near Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Aug. 26 and all four crewmembers walked away from the incident with no serious injuries. Investigators are now analyzing the black box flight recorder and other evidence from the crash.
The Japanese government requested more information from the United States regarding what was initially described by the Marine Corps as a “hard landing.” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said last month that details of the crash would be shared with Okinawa, which has protested the deployment of two Osprey squadrons to the island over the past year due to safety concerns and past crashes. Last month, an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed and killed an airman during exercises at Camp Hansen on Okinawa, underscoring public concerns of military air traffic over populated areas.