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A CV-22 Osprey goes down in Aftganistan……

A V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft taxies after a mission at Asad air base in the western Iraqi desert.

[ A V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft taxies after a mission at Asad air base in the western Iraqi desert. ]

The Half chopper/half airplane has just started working in theatre for the Marines and Air Force…….

This was an Air Force aircraft…so it was probably on a Special Mission since all of the Air Force CV-22’s are special mission models….

The ship went down with four DOA’s and several others injured…..

This is the first incident of one going down in a combat zone and the military has not released the cause of the accident…if that what it was?

Four people were killed and others injured when an Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan.

Three of those killed were members of the U.S. military; one was a civilian. This is the fourth incident in which one of the tilt-rotor aircraft, worth more than $60 million apiece has gone down, but the first time one has crashed while operating in theater, and the first crash in nearly a decade.

According to news reports, the Taliban is claiming credit for shooting down the aircraft, but a statement from the International Security Assistance Force says the cause remains unknown.

Update……. with more info from Aviation Week…..

Three U.S. military personnel and a civilian have died in the first crash of a U.S. Air Force Special Operations CV-22 tiltrotor.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, yet, according to a statement issued by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, which runs much of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

Several others were injured in the crash that took place during the night of April 8/April 9 around seven miles west of Qalat City, in Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan. The injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.

The CV-22 belonged to the Air Force’s 8th Special Operations Squadron based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Marine Corps MV-22s also are operational in Afghanistan.

This is the first operational loss of a Bell-Boeing V-22 after the program was plagued by accidents during development that pushed the project to the brink of cancellation. However, after a difficult recovery period, the V-22 was starting to show progress.


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