By: Tara Copp and Jeff Schogol
WASHINGTON – The U.S. is in talks with the government of Japan to address its concerns about the continued operation of U.S. MV-22 Ospreys over Japan following a crash Saturday in Australia.
Late Saturday afternoon, one of the Marine Corps’ Ospreys hit the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay while on final approach and then crashed into the ocean with 26 crew on board, according to a source briefed on the incident.
The Osprey was taking part in the joint training exercise Talisman Sabre with the Australian military when the incident occurred off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Three of the crew remain missing. Throughout the weekend, four inflatable RHIBs from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and the landing dock ship USS Ashland, and four additional aircraft searched a 100-square mile area for survivors.
On Sunday, the Australian HMAS Melville, a ship specialized in underwater survey, detected the location of the Osprey’s fuselage and was set to begin dive recovery operations Monday.
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