NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Out of an abundance of caution and following the AFSOC operational stand down, NAVAIR grounds the V-22 Osprey. The grounding bulletin is efective for all V-22 Osprey tiltrotor variants. December 6, 2023.
This decision comes after the V-22 Osprey mishap on Nov. 29, off the shore of Yakushima, Japan.
Preliminary investigation information indicates a potential materiel failure caused the mishap, but the underlying cause of the failure is unknown at this time. While the mishap remains under investigation, from NAVAIR are implementing additional risk mitigation controls to ensure the safety of the United States troops service members.
The Joint Program Office continues to communicate and collaborate with all V-22 Osprey stakeholders and customers, including allied partners.
The safety of pilots and aircrews is the number one priority from NAVAIR.
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