First V-22 Crash Kills Three

by Daniel Russ on April 9, 2010

V-22 Osprey

5:00 PM ET — First Osprey crash. The Associated Press reports that a U.S. Air Force Osprey plane crashed in southeastern Afghanistan today, the first ever Osprey crash in a combat zone. The Osprey is the military’s newest transport aircraft, flying like a regular plane but landing and taking off like a helicopter. Three U.S. service members and one civilian contractors died in the crash.

While the Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, saying that insurgents shot down the plane, NATO is still investigating the cause.

From the AP:

A Taliban spokesman said militants shot down the aircraft, but the insurgents often make exaggerated claims. NATO said the cause was still under investigation. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Shawn Turner, said it was the first time that an Osprey, which cost nearly $70 million apiece, has crashed during operations in a war zone.

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Corsair8X April 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

Signs are pointing to brownout and loss of SA. In a brownout you have to resist the seat of your pants flying instincts and trust what the instruments are telling you. It’s a real battle with your mind.

Daniel Russ April 20, 2010 at 9:12 am

It’s strange. The V-22 doesn’t have a spectacular history, but the Marines overall love it

Corsair8X April 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Right now it’s history isn’t bad either. Remember all the bad press that the Apache got before desert storm. It had a very troubled devel true. Marines love it because it gets them off the boat, over the horizon, and into the fight fast.

This will be a huge test because of the two worst enemies to helicopters and helicopter-esque aircraft. Heat and altitude. Neither are desirable and both combined are exponentially worse. Factor in that this was a CV-22 and not just a V-22 and now you are talking about even more weight. However, if this was indeed due to brownout conditions than the factors I just outlined would not have likely played any role in the crash.

Daniel Russ April 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

True. But I worked on the marketing campaign for the V-22 for Allison Gas Turbine Division of GM at, of all places, The Martin Agency in Richmond Virginia. This is the agency now famous for Geico’s Cavemen and Freecreditreport.com and Wal Mart

Even then it was controversial because it was too fast for escort helicopters, inefficient to give it fixed wing escort and too heavy carry guns and troops.

Man, no weapon system connected well enough to lobbyists ever dies.

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