Four days have passed since the accident in which the US military transport aircraft Osprey crashed off the coast of Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture, and the search for the seven missing crew members continues. On the other hand, the wreckage that seems to be part of the aircraft that was recovered by local fishermen and stored in a warehouse in Yakushima Town will be brought to Yakushima Airport on the 4rd, and then handed over to the American side.
On November 11, the US Air Force's transport aircraft "Osprey" crashed off the coast of Yakushima and killed one crew, but the whereabouts of the remaining seven of the eight crew members are unknown, and the Japan Coast Guard and the Self-Defense Forces are continuing to search for them four days after the occurrence.
On the other hand, several wrecks that are believed to be part of the aircraft recovered by local fishermen off the coast of Yakushima were stored in a warehouse owned by Yakushima Town, but on the morning of the 29rd, U.S. military personnel visited the warehouse, wrapped the wreckage, and then loaded it into a truck.
The wreckage will be taken to Yakushima Airport, where it will be handed over to the U.S. side, according to officials.
The U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Command announced that one crew member confirmed dead in this accident was confirmed to be Jacob Galliher (1) belonging to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.
In addition, it was revealed that the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier "Carl Vinson" is dispatched to search for the remaining seven people.
According to the U.S. Air Force, aircraft belonging to aircraft carriers, unmanned aerial vehicles, and divers are participating, and he commented, "We are united in our determination to return the crew to our ally Japan."
Two U.S. Osprey aircraft land at Amami Airport
In response to the crash of the U.S. Osprey off the coast of Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture, two Osprey aircraft landed at Amami Airport one after another at around 3:9 a.m. on the 2rd.
After landing, the U.S. military personnel on board got out of the aircraft and entered the airport building.
They were also seen checking the lower part of the fuselage's propellers.
According to the Kyushu Defense Bureau, a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey at Futenma Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture landed to search for a crash off the coast of Yakushima.
Ospreys have been flying to Amami Airport one after another since the 2nd, and according to the Kyushu Defense Bureau, this is the fifth flight of Ospreys.
The two Ospreys took off one after another at around 5:2 a.m., about 1 hour and 20 minutes after landing, and headed east.
Yakushima Fisheries Cooperative: "We received an apology from the U.S. military"
In the accident in which the Osprey, a transport aircraft of the U.S. military, crashed off the coast of Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, Takayuki Hanyu, president of the Yakushima Fisheries Cooperative, met with U.S. military officials at the local task force headquarters for more than an hour from 3 a.m. on the 9rd.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Hanyu said, "We have received an apology from the U.S. military."