Civilian Aircraft Collides with Parked U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey Aircraft Causing ‘Millions in Damages’

A civilian aircraft collided with a parked U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with the MV-22B suffering millions of dollars worth damages, reported.

According to the report, the incident took place at Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, California on May 30. The pilot of the civilian plane lost control of the aircraft, traveling across the runway and eventually impacting the Osprey, the report adding citing an official.  No injuries were reported in the incident.

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Safety Center (NSC) classified the incident as a “class A” mishap, meaning the event caused either more than $2 million in damages or death/permanent disability. So it is clear the aircraft suffered damages worth at least $2 million.

UPDATE (June 12):

USNI News reported that the civilian aircraft involved in the incident is a 1967 De Havilland DHC-6-100 Twin Otter, with registration number N52FW, registered to Kapowsin Air Sports. Kapowsin leases the aircraft to Skydive San Diego for skydiving operations.

The MV-22B Osprey belonged to the USMC Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (VMM-163), based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego. Marines had been conducting routine training in the area and had parked the Osprey at the airfield.

USMC MV-22B Osprey

The MV-22B Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft designed as the medium-lift replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range, and three times the payload of the CH-46E.

The MV-22 Osprey’s mission for the Marine Corps is the transportation of troops, equipment, and supplies from ships and land bases for combat assault and assault support.

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey
A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 (VMM-364) “Purple Foxes”, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, California, on April 5, 2016. (USMC photo by Sgt. Lillian Stephens/Released)

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