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Crew rescued after MV-22 incident off coast of Okinawa

By 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield | III Marine Expeditionary Force | December 13, 2016


All five crewmembers aboard an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing were successfully rescued when their aircraft conducted a landing in shallow water off the Okinawa coastline of Camp Schwab at approximately 10:00 p.m., Dec. 13.

The crew was airlifted via HH-60G by the 33rd Rescue Squadron from Kadena Air Base to the United States Naval Hospital aboard Camp Foster where they are being treated for injuries.

A formal investigation into the incident has been launched. There will be no further information on the cause of the incident until the investigation is complete.

Media can contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at the provided email address.


1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield

Public Affairs Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

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