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CV 22 Osprey Crashed in Japan, killed 7 Airmen

CV 22 Osprey

The US Air Force has announced the fatal crash of CV 22 Osprey in Japan that claimed the lives of 8 Airmen. The US Airforce released the names of the seven remaining airmen who died after their CV-22 Osprey crashed off the southern coast of Japan on November 29.

  • Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, 32, of Andover, Minnesota, a CV-22 instructor pilot and officer in charge of training at the 21st Special Operations Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
  • Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, 36, of St. George, Utah, a residency-trained flight surgeon and medical operations flight commander assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Maj. Luke A. Unrath, 34, of Riverside, California, a CV-22 pilot and flight commander at the 21st SOS.
  • Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, 32, of Pittsford, New York, a CV-22 pilot and flight commander at the 21st SOS.
  • Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, 33, of Oviedo, Florida, a medical operations flight chief at the 1st SOS.
  • Staff Sgt. Jake M. Turnage, 25, of Kennesaw, Georgia, a flight engineer at the 21st SOS.
  • Staff Sgt. Jake M. Galliher, 24, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, an airborne linguist specializing in Mandarin Chinese assigned to Yokota’s 43rd Intelligence Squadron, Detachment 1.
  • Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, 32, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a flight engineer at the 21st SOS.

Recovery of bodies of the deceased has been underway by the US and so far 5 bodies have been located and recovered.

CV 22 Osprey is a tiltrotor military aircraft manufactured by Bell and Boeing. It has the combined features of a helicopter and an aircraft. CV 22 Osprey can do vertical take-off & land, hover like a helicopter coupled with long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft

This is not the first time CV 22 Osprey met with an accident, this aircraft has a history of several accidents. Japan grounded all CV 22 Ospreys to analyze the reason for its frequent fatal accidents and ensure they are safe for future flights.