U.S. Air Force Ospreys Arrive at Yokota Base in Tokyo Suburb


Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)--Five CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force arrived at the Yokota base in a Tokyo suburb on Thursday for a brief stop.

The planes will leave for training for two to three months before official deployment at the base expected as early as this summer. They departed from a U.S. military facility in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, earlier on Thursday.

The arrival of the CV-22 Ospreys is likely to increase local residents' concerns over a possible accident as the aircraft designed to carry special operations troops are expected to conduct low-altitude flight training frequently.

It will be the first deployment of Ospreys at a U.S. military base in Japan other than the Marine Corps' Futenma base in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, where MV-22 Ospreys are deployed.

According to Japan's Defense Ministry, the CV-22 Osprey's accident rate is estimated at 4.05 per 100,000 flight hours. The CV-22 experienced three serious accidents counted as the U.S. military's Class-A mishaps during its 74,000 hours of flight as of the end of September last year.

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