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House Oversight Committee To Investigate Safety Of Osprey Aircraft

A U.S. V-22 Osprey flies during a joint demonstration as part of the NATO Trident Juncture 2018 exercise in Vineset, near Trondheim, Norway, October 30, 2018, with both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. It is a multi-mission tiltrotor military aircraft. (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN's Taylor Tinsley
2:35pm – Thursday, December 21, 2023

The House Oversight Committee is asking the Department of Defense to provide more information about the safety and performance of the military's V-22 Osprey.

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Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) said in a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that the committee is looking into long-term issues surrounding the aircraft's reliability.

“Ensuring transparency, accountability and a thorough understanding of procedures is critical to the safety of our service members.” [the] The Department of Defense is working to reduce additional mechanical risks. ” letter read.

The investigation followed the deaths of eight service members during a training exercise on Nov. 29.th After the Osprey crashed off the coast of Japan.

The bodies of the seven airmen were later recovered, and the Air Force reported that preliminary findings indicated a mechanical error.

Following the crash, the V-22 Joint Programs Agency grounded all military Osprey aircraft to “mitigate risk,” renewing safety concerns.

Since 1992, more than 60 military personnel and other passengers have died in Osprey crashes.

The commission said it was concerned that most of the fatalities occurred during training rather than combat operations.

Comer said American taxpayers are also investing heavily in the aircraft. The Department of Defense has purchased more than 450 Ospreys, each costing about $120 million.

The committee requests documentation and information regarding safety and performance aspects of the program to be submitted by January 4 at the latest.th2024.

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