Royal Australian navy assists with V-22 recovery mission

Geneva Matthews
August 8, 2017

A U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey aircraft based in Okinawa Prefecture crashed off the east coast of Australia on Saturday, Australian media reported.

"It had been his dream", he told CBS on Sunday.

Recovery teams were expected to use remote-controlled submersible vehicles to survey the sunken aircraft before sending divers down, the Australian ministry of defense told Reuters on August 7.

Ryan Cross said his brother joined the Marines because he loved challenges and loved to fly. According to initial reports, the aircraft was on a landing approach to USS Green Bay during a training exercise when it crashed into the Pacific. Rescue efforts were called called off Sunday and US officials were now calling the search a recovery effort.

The Pentagon has not yet identified the third missing Marine.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic event and the Australian Government stands ready to support the USA further in any way we can", she said in a statement.

For now, Japan-based Ospreys are continuing to operate, he said.

The accident is the 10th known crash involving the Osprey - an aircraft that takes off and lands like a chopper but flies like an airplane - since 1991. They have been involved in a series of crashes in recent years. Since it became operational in 2007, Ospreys have crashed five times, killing nine servicemembers. The Osprey was part of a U.S. Cross' father says his son thought the aircraft was unfairly maligned and that he really enjoyed flying it. The incident is under investigation, and it is unclear why the Osprey crashed, though landing and taking off from ships at sea is often hard and inherently risky. The Osprey deployments, along with other USA military investments, "are specifically for the defense of Japan" and other American allies in the Pacific, he added.

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