Osprey Down


A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey went down in southern Morocco earlier today killing two and injuring two American troops, Reuters is reporting.

The aircraft was in Morocco for the annual African Lion exercise that focuses on joint training between American troops and African counterparts.

  • RunningBear

    God Bless their souls and best wishes to the survivors. I hope something mechanical broke, unexpectedly and can be fixed to mitigate this failure in the future.
    Semper Fi

    • Charley A

      Tragic loss, but it would be better for the V-22 program if mechanical failure was not not the primary or contributory cause of the crash.

    • Nick

      I’m sure only the dead will be blamed, SOP

  • RCDC

    They probably need a mechanic and a regular checkup

  • Mike

    You couldn’t drag me aboard one of those deathtraps with a twenty-mule team

    • Thunder350

      Guess you’d be walking as all aircraft have “accidents”.

    • tiger

      Here they come from the closet, the Osprey hate club……..

    • PMI

      America is safer with you fighting wars from your La-Z-Boy.

  • Lance

    My condolences to the family of the killed crew and may the injured heal asap!

  • Accidents and mechanical failures happen to every plane and helicopter in the military, especially when any aircraft is new or uses newer technology. Its how technology moves forward.

    Someone commented that there’s been an exceptional amount of crashes, accidents, and losses this year. Its not a surprise considering the older, legacy aircraft/choppers are dealing with their age and the tempo they’ve dealt with in the last ten years. On top of the legacy issue, our new technology is just that, new. Look at the latest designs, F-22, F-35, V-22. All of them use newer technology and are discovering problems that the designers and testers didn’t discover or think to test for. I mean that brings up a whole different set of issues, but these things are incredible complex.

  • jake

    V-22 is a great smooth ride, been in a few of them. Tragic accident, my budies say there pretty simple to fly. Butwhat a tragic accident.

  • ZachA.

    Do we know the names yet? I have a buddy with the reserves training in morocco right now.


  • Jon

    Condolences from your allies in the UK, when your guys go down it feels like our own.

  • Mary Jean Townsend

    The damn things are no good and shame on the Marine Corps for making these young men and women fly them. Too many aviators have lost their lives due to these Ospreys. Either they fly a plane or they fly a helicopter, period. Screw this thing that tries to be both. Now you are in Heaven Marine Corps aviators and you can help God to get these DoD Navy Admiral Adolphs arrested who torture me in Atlantic Beach, Florida with their US.Gov M67854-04-C-5074. I’ve written a hundred letters to D.C. for six years and now I turn it over to God. Please help him.

  • Hickelbilly

    A Heart Felt Sorrow to the families. Were the electronics and spare parts made by Americans or by one of those countries that puts lead paint on toys and chemicals in clothing dyes.

    • Dr.P

      lowest bidder, same as all gov projects.

  • mpower6428

    usually when people rate they also comment…. lots of ratings, no where near that many comments.

  • tiger

    Marine Aviators are not Terrorists.

  • ospreydriver

    Nice logic here. If the pilots screwed up, it’s the aircraft’s fault. If the aircraft screwed up, it’s the aircraft’s fault. Osprey-bashers will stop at nothing. Something like 85% of mishaps are ultimately due to human error. We don’t know what happened here, but the odds say it was probably the pilots’ faults in some fashion.

    Saying the tilt rotor has been around since the ’50s is like saying the helicopter has been around since the 1400s when Leonardo DaVinci designed it.