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

      • Bob

        I’m waiting to hear if my son was on that plane.
        Proud Parent

      • tiger

        Don’t start that stuff.

        • Dfens

          Sure, it’s ok for the military to do it, but it’s not ok to notice they do it. Hell no, that would be disrespectful to the dead, unlike having all the problems of the program bureaucracy hung around their dead neck. No, that’s pure class.

  • RCDC

    They probably need a mechanic and a regular checkup

    • Bob

      Do you have any idea what you are talking about?

  • 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”.

      • Mike

        Done it before…I’d do it again.

    • tiger

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

    • PMI

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

      • Thunder350

        Hey, the chair force needs something comfy to sit on all day. They’re not gonna have stiff backs!

        (Sorry to our airmen/women in uniform, I do respect your service!)

        • UAVgeek

          You say you respect their service, and yet you start with an insult. Kill the “Chair force” jokes, it’s not your father’s USAF.

  • Lance

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/kirk.gibbs2 Kirk Gibbs

    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.

    • Sgt_Buffy

      Agreed. We are ushering a whole new era of technology, and with every evolution there are crashes like this. How many pilots died developing the Jet? It’s a risk that the pilots and military men are more than willing to take for us. Hopefully the errors will be identified and this incident will not be repeated.

      • Dfens

        Yeah, it’s not like they had vehicles like the V-22 in the 1950s. Real cutting edge, if your head is empty.

    • JackBlack

      Except you fail to mention that this type of “plane” has a record of failings since construction. Its forced use takes innocent lives, all the while the construction and design is flawed beyond repair.
      Should people pay with their life for the untested and unbalanced aircraft”that was by a miracle able to enter full service”. And the fact that this machine remains to be in development almost 20 years now.
      It is a wonder how much stupid contracts it takes not to realize some designs are unstable and should be scrapped.

      • TMB

        So has every other new aircraft. By your metric, F-16s were falling out of the sky when it was first introduced. It has averaged a crash rate of 3.5 per 100,000 hours (roughy the V-22’s current track record). Something like 3000 were built for the US (1400 currently in service), and around 340 have crashed with an annual crash rate of 5 to 18 planes a year since it was introduced.

        • tiger

          How about real killer planes like the B-58, F-8 Crusader, F7U Cutlass Or the Infamous F-104 Starfighter? Sorry, the V-22 Is no where close to those birds.

      • tiger

        Your wrong.

  • 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.

    • tiger


      “More than 160 Osprey tiltrotors are currently in operation and the worldwide fleet has amassed more than 130,000 flight hours, with nearly half of those hours logged in the past two years.
      Safety, survivability and mission efficiency have become hallmarks of the operational fleet. According to Naval Safety Center records, the MV-22 has the lowest Class A mishap rate of any tactical rotorcraft in the Marine Corps during the past decade. Navy flight-hour cost data also show that the Osprey has the lowest cost per seat-mile (cost to transport one person over a distance of one mile) of any U.S. naval transport rotorcraft over the past two years.”-Boeing media

    • Belesari

      Are you on something?

  • 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.

    • DGR

      Why would I waste my time leaving a comment on someones comment when they are clearly either high on drugs, or misinformed to the point that they write hundreds of letters to congress about how dangerous the safest rotorwing aircraft in the US inverntory is? Its easier to give em a thumbs up or down just to show that I actually read there comment and agree or disagree.

      • jhm

        comment: thanks man hahaha some people just can never accept the facts.

  • 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.