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Air Force Investigating "Class A" Osprey Mishap from March

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Adding even more context to the recent Osprey crash in Afghanistan, Christopher Castelli of Inside Defense reports on an earlier Osprey accident that received less attention:

[Q]uestions still surround another "class A" mishap that occurred last March at Kirtland, AFB, NM. Mishaps in that category involve either damage costing over $1 million, or loss of life, or both. The incident last March, which was not publicized at the time, led to costly damage but no deaths or injuries, the service told ITP this week.

As Castelli reports, Kirkland Spokeswoman Col. Robyn Chumley said that a single engine failure occurred shortly after takeoff, resulting in declaration of in-flight emergency and an emergency landing. Chumley denied that there were any injuries or property damage associated with the mishap.

-- Mandy Smithberger

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UPDATE: Defense Tech offers an interesting theory about the Afghanistan crash here.

By: Mandy Smithberger
Director, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

Photograph of Mandy Smithberger Mandy Smithberger is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

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