Japan Grounds Ospreys due to the Fire at Engine
The U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed off the island of Yakushima in southwestern Japan on Wednesday. A fire was seen in its left engine, and there is information that the aircraft was spinning before it crashed. It is known that the Osprey may land by gliding in aircraft mode even if the thrust from both engines is lost. The two rotors are turned in opposite directions to stabilize the aircraft in helicopter mode. However, the failure of one of the two engines causes the aircraft to spin and become uncontrollable.
It is learned that Japan suspended flights and asked the U.S. military to ground all Ospreys in Japan.