CV-22 Osprey down in Afghanistan

Four dead and several injured in CV-22 crash yesterday in Southern Afghanistan. There have been numerous safety incidents with the V-22 over the last several years, but this is the first fatal crash since December 2000.

Here’s the statement released by the International Security Assistance Force:

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 9) - A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan late last night, killing three U.S. servicemembers, one civilian employee, and injuring numerous other servicemembers. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

 The CV-22 was carrying U.S. Forces when it crashed approximately seven miles west of Qalat City, in Zabul Province. The injured were transported to a nearby base for medical treatment.

 The CV-22 conducts long range infiltration and resupply for U.S. Forces. It employs tilt-rotor technology that allows it to take off and land as a helicopter. While in the air the engines can roll forward, allowing the aircraft to fly faster than a standard helicopter.

The CV-22 is a modified version of the Marine MV-22.

Update:  For some context on the current state of the CV-22 program, here’s text from recent testimony by David Van Buren, acting assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, who testified before Congress on March 24. (Source: CQ Congressional Testimony)

In FY11, the Air Force CV-22 Osprey program will receive the 13th CV- 22 of a 50 aircraft program of record, declaring Full Operational Capability in FY16. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) declared the CV-22′s Initial Operational Capability in March 2009 and stood up the third CV-22 operating base at Cannon AFB, NM. AFSOC’s CV-22s have self-deployed overseas to Africa, Central America, and most recently Iraq. They are currently enroute for another operational deployment.

The CV-22 has encountered challenges with its high operational tempo and small fleet size. This coupled with lower priority versus combat operations on spare parts has resulted in lower availability rates. The FY11 President’s Budget added $126.2 million through the FYDP, for initial spares and support equipment. The Joint CV-22 Program Office along with the cooperation and support of industry partners are aggressively working to increase the reliability and availability of the CV-22 platform


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4 Responses to CV-22 Osprey down in Afghanistan

  1. Diane Penning 9 April, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    My thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured! When will this conflict end and peace come to our world?

  2. ccL1 11 April, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Humans aren’t capable of peace. Greed will always lead us to warfare.

    Anyway, it’s weird how Afghan officials first claimed that the Taliban shot the CV-22 down, but then backtracked afterwards. I wonder why?

    Did they actually tell the truth and then the US military told them that to lie about it or did the Afghan officials get it wrong at first and the US military correct them?

  3. Outsidethebox 15 April, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    That could very well be the case, however, based on what I’ve watched about the osprey the only real time she’s vulnerable to the type of ground fire the Taliban have would be when she’s in, or transitioning to, hover. So unless they caught them in that stage it seems unlikely.
    It could have been a mechanical issue, the v-22s have had difficulty in the past but they have made improovements. She’s the first of her kind that actually works affectively, there’s bound to be modifications to the system along the way. Just wait untill they come out with a newer model 20 or 30 years down the road, they will have all of the experience they need on how to build a more effective one from this one.

    …… Peace would be nice but, it’s against our very nature. If you look at the creatures in the environment they too fight. Whether it’s for survival, territory, pride, or to mate, it’s built in. We came from that, we resemble it in every way, just now were supposedly more developed and..”civilized” by our human standards.. The weapons went from fists, rocks and clubs to planes, rifles and armor.

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