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USMC Orders 'Operational Reset' After Osprey Crash Off Australia

USMC Orders 'Operational Reset' After Osprey Crash Off Australia

Following numerous mishaps, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has directed all aviation units to conduct a 24-hour operational pause sometime in the next two weeks.

Japan on Friday said it would allow Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts to continue to operate in the country, accepting United States assurances that the flights are safe following a fatal crash off Australia.

But on Friday, Japan's defence ministry issued a statement saying that the United States military "is taking reasonable measures" and "the United States force's explanation that it can conduct safe flights of MV-22 Ospreys is understandable".

Four Ospreys from the US military base in Japan's Okinawa took off shortly after its defense ministry lifted the ban imposed after one of the US Marine Corps planes crashed off Australia, Sputnik reported Friday.

According to the ministry's announcement, the August 5 accident occurred when an Osprey was trying to land on a moving ship, a much more hard procedure than landing on the ground.

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An MV-22 Osprey crashed off the eastern coast of Australia on Saturday, leaving three U.S. Marines dead. The wreckage was found two days later.

The ministry has judged that it is appropriate to request the US military take the utmost care for safety when flying Ospreys.

However, the US Marine Corps says the Osprey is actually one of the safest in its air fleet, claiming problems that previously existed with the aircraft have been fixed. The aircraft has been involved in a series of crashes since the US Marine Corps began using it in 2007.

Thirteen marines were killed by terrorists in Marawi last June in what is considered as the most intense firefight since clashes broke out in the besieged city.