US grounds Osprey aircraft fleet in Japan after deadly crash
Following the fatal crash on 29 November, the United States has grounded its entire fleet of Osprey aircraft in Japan.
Washington’s move comes after the Japanese government “repeatedly” asked the US to stop operations of the aircraft over safety concerns in the country, Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported on Thursday.
At least 8 people aboard the CV-22 transport aircraft died after it crashed during a routine exercise last week, off the coast of Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan.
There are around 50,000 American soldiers deployed in Japan under a bilateral defense pact.