US military recovers 7th of 8 crew members who died in Air Force Osprey crash off Japan

U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday that the body of the seventh of eight Osprey crew members who crashed off the southern coast of Japan during a training mission late last month has been found.

An Air Force CV-22 aircraft crashed off the coast of Yakushima on November 29, 2023, en route to Okinawa, Japan.

The bodies of six of the crew members were recovered after the crash, five of which were found in the sunken wreckage.

US military identifies all eight crew members of Air Force Osprey that crashed near Japan

File – A U.S. military CV-22 Osprey takes off from Iwakuni Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture on July 4, 2018. Japanese and U.S. military divers have discovered what appears to be the remains of a U.S. Air Force Osprey plane that crashed last week. Local media reported on Monday, December 4, 2023, that several of the six crew members were missing off the southwest coast of Japan. (via Kyodo News AP)

On Sunday, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command released a statement regarding recovery efforts.

“During a joint U.S.-Japan search and rescue operation near Yakushima, Japan, on December 10, 2023, U.S. Navy divers and divers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron recovered two remaining members of the airship. “We have recovered the body of one of the pilots. 22 Accidents that occurred on November 29, 2023,” the statement read. “We are now working together to locate and recover the remains of our eighth Airman. Our top priority is to bring our Airmen home and take care of their families.”

The statement added that the identity of the airman has been determined but will not be released until next of kin is notified.

Japanese and US military divers discover wreckage and continue search for Osprey plane that crashed off the coast of Japan

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Japanese Coast Guard vessels conduct search and rescue operations near the site where a U.S. military Osprey plane appears to have crashed off the coast of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Wednesday, November 29, 2023. The Japanese Coast Guard discovered the body. A U.S. military Osprey carrying eight people crashed off the southern coast of Japan on Wednesday, with debris in the sea, officials said. (via Kyodo News AP)

Fox News Digital reached out to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command for identification, but did not immediately receive a response.

A week after eight Air Force Special Operations Command members were killed in a crash off the coast of Japan, the U.S. military announced Wednesday it was grounding all Osprey CV-22 aircraft.

Japan suspends all Osprey flights after deadly crash of US Air Force plane

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Japan Coast Guard members carry debris believed to be from a crashed U.S. Osprey plane at the port of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. What Japanese and U.S. military divers found may be the remains of a U.S. Air Force Osprey that crashed off the southwest coast of Japan last week, as well as some of the six crew members still missing, local media reported Monday. Reported. (via Kyodo News AP)

Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, ordered the grounding “to reduce risk while the investigation continues,” the military command said in a statement.

The military said the “standdown” of the Osprey CV-22 aircraft “allows time and space” to ensure a thorough investigation and safe return to operations.


The unusual decision to ground all CV-22 Ospreys was made after a preliminary investigation revealed that material defects, rather than crew error, were the cause of the serious crash.

Fox News Digital's Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.



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