An MV-22B Osprey takes flight to transport U.S. Marines to conduct a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel training mission. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps
Despite local pushback, Japanese news outlets report that the U.S. Marine Corps plans to resume Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey refueling training in Okinawa this week. This comes about three weeks after the Dec. 13 nonfatal crash off the coast of Okinawa involving an Osprey during an aerial refueling training exercise.
Reports said the Japanese Defense Ministry has confirmed that the U.S. has taken all measures to prevent another accident from happening. However, this is reportedly not appeasing the local Okinawan government, which was not in favor of resuming Bell Boeing MV-22 flights the week after the incident. The U.S. government is still conducting its investigation, but news reports said some of the most likely causes of the crash could involve human error, turbulence and the complexity of the nighttime refueling exercise in general.