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The Marine V-22 Osprey can’t catch a break……Staten Island, NY landing causes 10 civilian minor injuries……

A Marine Osprey flies over Flushing Meadow Park a day earlier.

[ A Marine Osprey flies over Flushing Meadow Park a day earlier. ]
The V-22 Osprey landing incident, occurred during a local Memorial Day show-off  in New York’s Staten Island, when winds caused by the aircraft’s down draft, sent branches from trees around the area into the crowd on hand…..

Marine Corps helicopter touching down for a Memorial Day demonstration on Staten Island sent tree branches flying into the stunned crowd, injuring at least 10 people.

As the Osprey dipped toward the ground at Cloves Lakes Park Preserve, wind whipped up by the helicopter’s rotor broke up two mid-sized trees and sent some 30 branches flying, Deputy Fire Chief Roger Sakowich said.

Yolanda Maiurrno, 80, of Staten Island, was thwacked in the ankle by a piece of wood.

“It was a really scary and horrific scene. I’m all shook up right now and I can’t stop shaking,” she said, gripping an ice pack given to her by medics.

“I came here to have a lovely day,” she said of the annual event. “It was between this and the beach, and now I wish I chose the beach.”

The MV-22 Bravo Osprey was attempting to land about 9:10 a.m. in the middle of the park’s ballfields for an event celebrating 2010 Fleet Week and Memorial Day.

“We came in over the trees. You can’t see what’s going on underneath them,” said Marine Capt. Michael Henson, whose regiment is based in North Carolina. “The next thing we see is a blanket coming up in the air. That means one thing, someone is sitting down below us. The only thing to do was to just keep going.”

Helicopters, especially the heavy Osprey helicopter-airplane hybrid used by the Marines, create a lot of wind when landing.

“Anything that’s loose is going to get blown around,” Henson said.

As the aircraft set down “we prayed and hoped to God that nobody got hurt,” Henson said. “We still feel horrible that the tree got damaged.”

Sakowich said the Marines had done test runs during the week without incident.

Seven people were taken to Richmond University Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Three more were treated at the scene. Three of the 10 injured were children, authorities said.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/05/31/2010-05-31_marine_corps_osprey_helicopter_landing_injures_eight_in_staten_island_park.html#ixzz0pXvTAuag

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  1. More military waste

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. The Marines have 91 of them….

    The Air Force less than 20….

    The aircraft has had an overly bad record from day one……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. You are both way un-informed. They do not have an overly bad record. Actually, the H-60 & F-16 were worse at the same point in their development.

    The aircraft shouldn’t be blamed for pilots’ mistakes.

    Comment by al | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • I understand you point ……But lets get real…..They tried to cut the program numerous times……The Marines wanted it……So they got help keeping it…….

      All immature systems have troubles…and sometimes causalities in becoming mature systems…..

      This aircraft…… because of the way it operates….. had a good many problems……

      And pilot error is the leading reason for ALL aircraft deaths ….military and civilian….so that kinda evens out……

      Blame the aircraft…..People design aircraft…..So we should blame them right?

      The Engine, O rings, narcel problems….Where all design issues, right?

      Well people got hurt, right…And these days the hurt tolerance is lot lower than in the past……

      This aircraft is never gonna make it as Marine One…..

      Nuff Said!

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

      • And don’t dislike the aircraft at all……

        It’s just got a bad rep………

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010

  4. The problems are small compared to what the designers did RIGHT. Tiltrotor aircraft are not for the faint of heart. Media bias was consistently negative.

    War zones often do not have a usable runway, so the VTOL capability has great utility. Compared with a helicopter, cruise speed is ~50% greater, with lower fuel consumption.

    Comment by Joseph Greene | June 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Agreed…..I hear the V-22 can do about 250…..Much faster than a Helo….

      Great concept…..

      Just has bad rep……

      I mean the transition from the Helo mode to Airplane took a while…then all the bugs in the aircraft….

      With its looks and mission…You had to know it was gonna get picked on…..

      Check Google….You never had picture os a/c upside down before….

      Times change…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 2, 2010 | Reply

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