Pilot of Crashed Okinawa Marine Osprey Escapes Indictment


Naha, Okinawa Pref., Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors decided Wednesday not to indict the pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey that crashed off Okinawa Prefecture three years ago.

The Naha District Public Prosecutors Office did not explain why.

The tilt-rotor plane crashed in shallow waters off the city of Nago on Dec. 13, 2016, injuring two of the five crew members.

In September this year, the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, the capital of the southernmost Japan prefecture, referred the pilot to the prosecutors without identifying the person by name for suspected violation of a law against acts to endanger aviation.

The office said it had carried out all necessary investigations, but declined to elaborate.

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