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Osprey Flights Return to Japan After Operational Pause

Cause of, and Solution to Unspecified Problem Supposedly Solved

The pause that followed the fatal crash of a US Air Force Osprey in the sea near Japan has ended, with flights resuming for all branches operating the V-22.

During the pause, Osprey crews reportedly underwent necessary maintenance and training, blaming the fatal crash on an "unprecedented" but unspecified part failure. That crash killed 8 servicemen in November of 2023, continuing a distressing streak of Osprey fatalities.

"This decision follows a meticulous and data-driven approach prioritizing the safety of our aircrews," a Navy official said. The return to service okays the V-22 for flight with every branch, from the Navy and the Marines to the Air Force itself. The Department of Defense said that officials made the best of the pause to do a "thorough review of the mishap and test risk-mitigation controls."

"All of the services worked together to ensure the aircraft is safe", a DoD spokesperson assured. Nobody seemed to be willing to identify the exact part that failed - undoubtedly reticent to toss more fuel on any preexisting Osprey controversy - but they promise that the "processes they (the collective military branches) put in place will allow a safe return to flight." Those too are a mystery to the civilian world, the DoD only stating that "the services all have different processes in returning the aircraft to the skies."

"Maintenance and procedural changes have been implemented to address the material failure that allow for a safe return to flight," added a Naval Air Systems Command official in just as mysterious a fashion.

FMI:www.defense.gov

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