U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Crashes In Syria. Two Injured.

Sep 29 2017 - 4 Comments

It’s the third Osprey crash this year.

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey has crashed in Syria on Sept. 29, according to defense officials.

Two servicemen were injured in the crash; their conditions are not life-threatening.

The cause of the incident has not been unveiled, but it was not caused by enemy activity, an official said on the condition of anonymity to Stars & Stripes. The Osprey was heavily damaged in what has been described as a “hard landing” and could not be salvaged: for this reason it was destroyed “by the troops” (not clear how – maybe hit with a PGM dropped by a combat aircraft as done in the past?)

 

The unit the MV-22 and two injured servicemembers have not been disclosed: the U.S. DoD Pentagon acknowledges having some 500 troops inside Syria training and assisting Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against ISIS militants.

Noteworthy, the one in Syria is the third major accident involving an Osprey this year.

On Jan. 29, one American Special Operations commando was killed and three others were injured in a firefight with Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft called in to evacuate the wounded American soldiers crash landed, injuring 2 service members. The Osprey was intentionally destroyed in place by a U.S. Air Force F-16 raid once it was determined that it could not leave the crash landing site.

On Aug. 5, an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit was involved in a mishap off of the east coast of Australia. The tilt-rotor aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the crashed. Three Marines died in the accident.

Top image credit: U.S. Marine Corps

 

  • Jon National

    A serious overhaul of US aircraft is needed. It seems like every week you read about a plane crash.

    • JonG

      What sort of overhaul? We have a huge number and variety of aircraft at our disposal.

      • Ethan Mclean

        “huge number and variety” does not translate to quality I’m afraid. Also, could be some unaddressed design issues with the V-22, as we all know they have quite a record of mishaps. The concept IS really cool, but it seems like it may have been rushed out the door to get them sweet taxpayer bucks.

    • Boxing666

      Probably the wrong place to post this but there’s been 4 major accidents within the navy this year also. The reason I’m mentioning this is could this possibly be down to fatigue in the U. S military servicemen. It’s very easy for the U. S politicians to be full of bravado sending servicemen and women all over the world to get involved in conflicts that serve as no benefit to the ordinary citizens of the U. S whatsoever. In fact it’s the citizens who end up paying for thieves missions with their taxes. Worse than that its the servicemen/woman who put their lives on the line for these political decisions. I wonder if these politicians had to take part in these missions would be so eager to take these ridiculous decisions.