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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.

CV 22 Osprey Crashed in Japan, killed 7 Airmen
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