Crew Rescued After MV-22B Water Landing Off Okinawa
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — All five crew members of an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor transport aircraft were successfully rescued after their aircraft conducted a landing in shallow water off the coastline of Okinawa, Japan.
The aircraft went down off Camp Schwab at approximately 10:00 p.m., Dec. 12, the III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a Dec. 13 release. The crew was rescued by an HH-60G helicopter assigned to the Air Force’s 33rd Rescue Squadron based at Kadena Air Base.
The crew members were taken to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster where they are being treated for injuries.
The MV-22B was assigned to one of two Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadrons of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The two squadrons are VMM 262 and VMM-265, both permanently forward-deployed to Okinawa.