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Friday, July 17, 2015

Fatal Crash Prompts Marines To Change Osprey Flight Rules


Marine Corps leaders have issued a fleetwide order to MV-22 pilots to wave off any landing in a dust cloud they can’t complete within 30 seconds, Breaking Defense has learned, a reaction to a fatal accident in Hawaii on May 17.

The previous rule was 60 seconds, though experienced Osprey and helicopter pilots usually spend no more than 10 seconds or so in such risky conditions.

Investigators are still studying the training flight mishap in which an MV-22B Osprey‘s hard landing killed two Marines aboard.

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