U.S. Military Informs Japan That Osprey Will Fly Soon

Posted December 19, 2016 at 5:00am

Japan Times reports that “the U.S. military has told the Japanese government that it will fly one of its Ospreys within Okinawa, possibly Monday, to return it for maintenance work after grounding all of the tilt-rotor aircraft in the prefecture following last week’s crash landing, a government source said Sunday.”

“U.S. Forces Japan is also proposing a full resumption of operations involving Ospreys, which take off and land like helicopters but cruise like planes, the source said.”

“The move is certain to fuel anger among locals who want the aircraft to remain grounded amid safety concerns. Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, after inspecting the coastal area where the Osprey crash-landed and broke apart Tuesday, said Tokyo should tell the U.S. that it will not allow any of the aircraft to fly.”