This Osprey, a hybrid aircraft between airplane and helicopter, took off on Wednesday from the Iwanuki Naval Air Station.
Published on 11/29/2023 08:37
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A US Army Osprey air transport plane crashed into the sea in southern Japan with eight people on board on Wednesday (November 29). “near Yakushima Island”, declared a coast guard spokesperson interviewed by AFP. According to the Japanese public television channel NHK, this vertical take-off half-plane, half-helicopter plane left the American naval air base of Iwakuni, near Hiroshima (western Japan) to go to another American military base in Okiwana, at the southwest tip. of the Japanese archipelago.
The Osprey planes, resulting from an American cooperation between the aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the helicopter specialist Bell, have two engines at the end of the wings, which pivot to switch to helicopter mode to take off, or to airplane mode to fly more quickly. . Their safety has been called into question after several fatal accidents. In late August, three US Marines were killed in the crash of an Osprey in northern Australia. Fatal accidents were also reported in 2022, 2017 and 2000.
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