Wednesday, August 28, 2013
None of the four crew members suffered injuries, the report said.
The plane made a hard landing near Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during a routine training exercise at 3:38 p.m. Monday, the report said quoting U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps officials.
The plane belongs to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.
The vertical takeoff and landing aircraft is of the same type as those that the U.S. military started deploying in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture last October to replace aging CH-46 helicopters.
Local governments and residents in Okinawa have opposed the Osprey deployment amid concern over the safety of the aircraft.
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Comment: "Hard Landing" translation = didn't explode in a ball of fire upon touch down and no one died as a result of said "hard landing!"
Of course the fact that nobody died in the Nevada "Hard Landing" is supposed to make the locals here in Okinawa feel more confident that when one eventually makes a similar "hard landing" here, at least none of the crew members will be injured....