Marine Corps Osprey Safely Makes Gear-Up Landing on Pad in Okinawa
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft was able to safely land after its landing gear failed to extend, the Marine Corps said.
The MV-22B landed safely on a pad after its landing gear failed to extend at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, on Dec. 13, the day after another Osprey was destroyed near the island in an unrelated incident.
The incident, initially reported by the Aviation Safety Network website, a service of the Flight Safety Foundation, was confirmed by the III Marine Expeditionary Force in a Dec. 15 statement.
“On Dec. 13 at approximately 2240, an MV-22 with VMM-262, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit was unable to deploy landing gear as it was preparing to land on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,” the statement said. “The pilots and crew performed appropriate emergency procedures, and safely landed on a pad with supports in place without incident. There was no injury to personnel. The Osprey was conducting scheduled operations at the time of the incident. Earlier in the evening, the same Osprey provided aerial oversight until rescue crews arrived after the Osprey with VMM-265 landed in shallow water. The two incidents were unrelated.”
The MV-22B destroyed on Dec. 13 had ditched off Okinawa after a mishap while conducting a night in-flight refueling. The five crew members of the Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM 265), were rescued by an Air Force HH-60G helicopter from the 33rd Air Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base.
Two squadrons of MV-22Bs, VMM-262 and VMM-265, are based at MCAS Futenma.