Lightning strikes MV-22 Osprey belonging to US Futenma base

August 7, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

According to a list of Class A mishaps published by the U.S. Naval Safety Center, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft was struck by lightning on June 27. A Class is the most severe type of accident. On August 5, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) asked for information on this mishap to the Marine Corps through the Okinawa Defense Bureau. The OPG received the following answer; the aircraft had been struck by lightning while parked on the Futenma base. The OPG’ officials commented that they would not consider further requests as of yet, because it was not an accident during flight.

The safety center says it is believed that the aircraft was struck by lightning while flying from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi to Futenma on June 27.
The safety center classifies aircraft accidents such as Class A, B and C. A Class A is an incident in which there is total cost of damage greater than $2 million (about 200 million yen).

(English translation by T&CT)

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