A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made an emergency landing at Amami Airport in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on Aug. 14, The Asahi Shimbun reported.
The Osprey aircraft, attached to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, landed in accordance with procedure after a warning lamp lit up, U.S. military officials told the Japanese Defense Ministry. The incident occurred around 5:20 p.m., and the Osprey took off from the airport at around 7:20 p.m.
This is the fourth such incident since June 2017.
The Japanese Defense Ministry called on the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa Prefecture to adopt tougher safety measures to prevent a recurrence. Defense Ministry officials said the emergency landing caused up to a 25-minute delay in the operation of at least one civilian aircraft.
Amami Airport, located on Amami-Oshima island, is halfway between Futenma and the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
A USMC MV-22 Osprey made an emergency landing at Amami Airport in June 2017, followed by two MV-22 Ospreys in April, both due to mechanical problems. In June, engine problems forced two U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys to make unscheduled landings at the airport.
Several accidents involving US military aircraft in Japan have stoked tensions between Washington and Tokyo and led to protests against the deployment of Ospreys by residents living near US bases. The incidents have included emergency landings by US military helicopters, a piece of a helicopter falling on the grounds of a Japanese school, and the deadly crash last year of an MV-22 Osprey which forced a massive rescue operation.
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities.
It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. With its nacelles and rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transition the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
The V-22 has been deployed in numerous missions around the world, including casualty evacuation, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.
CV-22B is the U.S. Air Force variant of the aircraft for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for performing long-range special operations missions. MV-22B is the U.S. Marine Corps variant while CMV-22B is the proposed U.S. Navy variant for the carrier onboard delivery (COD) role.