Australian Navy Locates Missing US Military Aircraft

Trevor Jackson
August 8, 2017

After more than 24 hours of searching for those three Marines, the service announced Sunday morning that it was suspending rescue operations and shifting to recovery efforts.

Ordway of Wichita, Kansas, was identified as one of the other missing Marines by his sister, Taylor Ordway, in a brief comment requesting prayers on the public Facebook page of his unit, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The MV-22 Osprey had submerged in the Shoalwater Bay on Saturday during a military exercise, and 23 people had been rescued.

Twenty-three Marines aboard the aircraft were rescued, but three remain missing.

As of Monday, no flight restrictions have been placed on the 24 Ospreys based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma or other US airbases in the Pacific, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

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The MV-22 Osprey had taken off from the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship. The wreckage was found Monday, the Associated Press reported. The deck of the USS Green Bay was damaged in the incident.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) was supporting the US-led recovery operation.

The aircraft was in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by the US and Australia last month in Shoalwater Bay.

The MV-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft similar to a conventional plane but has helicopter-like rotor blades which allow it to take off vertically, without a runway. They have been involved in a series of crashes in recent years. The Osprey was part of a U.S. -Australian joint military exercise that ended in late July. The incident is under investigation, and it is unclear why the Osprey crashed, though landing and taking off from ships at sea is often hard and inherently risky.

A squadron of Ospreys is based at the Marines' Futenma base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

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