US landed part of V-22 Osprey convertibles due to technical faults
The US Department of Defence has temporarily suspended flights of V-22 Osprey convertibles. The Pentagon has not disclosed what faults are involved.
Here's What We Know
A Pentagon spokesman said malfunctions had been found in the V-22 Osprey's engines. Earlier during the operation of the convertibles, the military began to observe more frequent cases of hard clutch engagement, forcing pilots to go for an immediate landing to prevent a crash.
In August 2022, the US Air Force suspended flights of 52 convertiplanes for this reason. Two crashes in 2022 resulted in the deaths of nine US Marines. In March, a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey crashed near Bodo, Norway, during a Cold Response exercise. A second accident occurred in June, when five Marines died in a crash near Glamis, California.
The number of convertorcraft whose flights were suspended is not specified at this time. But it is known that the Pentagon did not land all of the V-22 Osprey. The Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force units continue to use the aircraft, for which there are no claims.