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A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey take flight after a static display presented by Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to Republic of Korea Marines and sailors on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Nov.30, 2016. 31st MEU Marines continue to participate in events with their ROK counterparts to strengthen interoperability and partnerships. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge A. Rosales/released)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jorge Rosales

Crew rescued after MV-22 incident off coast of Okinawa

13 Dec 2016 | 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

All five crewmembers aboard an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing were successfully rescued when their aircraft conducted a landing in shallow water off the Okinawa coastline of Camp Schwab at approximately 10:00 p.m., Dec. 13.

The crew was airlifted via HH-60G by the 33rd Rescue Squadron from Kadena Air Base to the United States Naval Hospital aboard Camp Foster where they are being treated for injuries.

A formal investigation into the incident has been launched. There will be no further information on the cause of the incident until the investigation is complete.

Media can contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at the provided email address.

1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield

Public Affairs Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

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