Marines OK Return To Flight For Ospreys
by Robert Wall
05/25/00 02:01:23 PM U.S. EDT
The U.S. Marine Corps has authorized MV-22 Ospreys to resume flight operations, lifting a grounding order that followed the April 8 crash of an Ospreys in which 19 Marines died. Initially, pilots will be re-familiarized with the aircraft, which is normal after an extended interruption of flying operations.
Only after completing this phase of the return-to-flight activity will the operational evaluation of the V-22 continue. In a symbolic gesture to demonstrate confidence in the tiltrotor, the Marine Corps’ commandant, Gen. James Jones, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Michael E. Ryan, will be on the first MV-22 to carry passengers.