Osprey Lost in the Middle East
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft was destroyed in a hard landing in the Middle East, according to government and press reports. The cause of the incident has not yet been announced.
The Osprey was said to have crashed in Syria on Sept. 29. According to The Washington Post, the aircraft was a Marine Corps MV-22B.
U.S. Central Command, in a Sept. 29 press release, said two U.S. personnel were injured and that the other personnel onboard were unharmed.
Marine Corps MV-22Bs have been supporting coalition Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria.
The incident, which is under investigation, is not listed in the Naval Safety Center’s website of mishaps, indicating the cause may be to factors other than human error or material failure, such as possible combat action.