Breaking: 8 feared dead as military aircraft crashes


Breaking: 8 feared dead as military aircraft crashes

No fewer than 8 people have been feared killed as a United States military aircraft, V-22 Osprey, crashed into the ocean in western Japan.

The crash happened at about 2:47 p.m. local time (0547 GMT, on Wednesday, on Wednesday, near Japan’s Yakushima Island.

According to witnesses, the aircraft’s left engine appeared to be on fire as the aircraft descended toward the sea.

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A spokesperson for the Coast Guard, who confirmed the incident, said that he had no further details of the incident.

Reuters news agency quoted a spokesperson for U.S. forces in the region as saying that they were still gathering information about the incident, including the status of those onboard.

“The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Rescue efforts are underway, with further details expected,” he said.

Earlier in August, a U.S. Osprey crashed off the coast of northern Australia while transporting troops during a routine military exercise, killing three U.S. Marines.

Another aircraft had crash-landed in the ocean off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa in December 2016, prompting a temporary U.S. military grounding of the aircraft.

The tilt-rotor plane, which can fly both like a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, is operated by the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and the Japan Self Defense Forces.

The deployment of the Osprey in Japan has been controversial, with critics saying the hybrid aircraft is prone to accidents.

The U.S. military and Japan however say it is safe.

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