Okinawa-based Osprey crashes off Australia

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

Three Marines remain missing after the crash. Twenty-three other service members aboard the tilt-rotor aircraft were rescued.

The aircraft, based at the U.S. Marines’ Futenma Air Station in the Okinawa city of Ginowan, crashed in a military training area off the coast of Rockhampton, Queensland, at about 4 p.m. local time.

The Osprey is believed to have crashed when it was trying to land on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

The aircraft was in Australia to be part of the Talisman Saber U.S.-Australian joint military exercise that ended in late July.

In December, an Osprey crash-landed off the coast of the Okinawa city of Nago. In May 2015, an Osprey crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii, killing two Marines.

The crash is very regrettable, Okinawa Vice Gov. Moritake Tomikawa told Jiji Press. Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga has been demanding the removal of Osprey aircraft from his prefecture.Speech

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