Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Osprey from Futenma Air Station makes emergency landing at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield

The emergency-landed Osprey being inspected by US servicemen at 12:05 p.m. on June 7 in Ie Village


June 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of June 6, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station made an emergency landing on the coral runway at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield. According to Ie Village office, no injuries or material damages have been confirmed. As of noon on June 7 the aircraft was still parked at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield.

At 8:40 a.m. on June 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) contacted the Ie Village Office, explaining that on the night June 6 the Osprey made an emergency landing on the coral runway because an emergency light in its cockpit illuminated during training exercises. The ODB also mentioned that the fuselage was undergoing maintenance and would return to Futenma as soon as it was confirmed to be safe.

On June 7, several US servicemen removed the Osprey’s engine cover and performed maintenance on the fuselage. At 2:08 p.m., the Osprey returned to Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City from Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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The Osprey returning to Futenma Air Station from Ie-Jima at 2:07 p.m. on June 7

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