Two U.S. service members were reported injured after the “hard landing” of a coalition aircraft, reportedly the long-troubled Marine aircraft known as the “Osprey,” in Syria.
The V-22 that was operating in support of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve mission against ISIS forces suffered a “hard landing,” according to the official.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of September 29, according to a news release from the coalition, with the two troops receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. 18 other passengers on board the aircraft were not injured.
A senior Defense official confirmed the aircraft type to USAWTFM under the condition of anonymity, as the official is not authorized to comment on the record and also called the aircraft “a total loss”.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The V-22 Osprey had 10 hull loss accidents that resulted in a total of 42 fatalities. During testing from 1991 to 2000 there were four crashes resulting in 30 fatalities.Since becoming operational in 2007, the V-22 has had six crashes including two combat-zone crashes, and several other accidents and incidents that resulted in twelve fatalities.
This is the fifth incident involving the V-22 in the past year. The others, dating back to December 2016, have killed a total of three service members and injured five more.
Coalition officials also said the incident is under investigation.