Another Osprey Crash
One person is confirmed dead, and seven remain missing after a U.S. Air Force Osprey crashed off southern Japan. The crew member recovered from the ocean has been pronounced dead. The cause of the crash and the status of the seven others are unknown. The Osprey, with eight on board, is an Air Force aircraft, and earlier reports suggested different passenger counts. Ospreys, capable of helicopter-like takeoff and airplane-like flight, have a history of accidents, prompting calls for a suspension of flights in Japan. The crash site, off Yakushima, was reported by a fishing boat. The coast guard found debris and an inflatable life raft. The search continues, and the aircraft had departed from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Japanese officials seek explanations from the U.S. military.