Japan Coast Guard seeks charges for Marine Osprey pilot involved in 2016 crash

An MV-22B Osprey from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing prepares to land on an Okinawan island during Blue Chromite drills, Oct. 31, 2016. (KELSEY DORNFELD/U.S. MARINE CORP)
An MV-22B Osprey from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing prepares to land on an Okinawan island during Blue Chromite drills, Oct. 31, 2016. (KELSEY DORNFELD/U.S. MARINE CORP)

Japan Coast Guard seeks charges for Marine Osprey pilot involved in 2016 crash

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japan Coast Guard officials have requested that prosecutors charge a Marine helicopter pilot found to be at fault in a 2016 MV-22 Osprey crash off Okinawa.

The charges were referred Tuesday to the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office by the Nakagusuku Coast Guard Office, a Coast Guard spokesman confirmed to Stars and Stripes on Wednesday.

Coast Guard officials requested that the unnamed Marine pilot be charged with negligence resulting in an aircraft crash under Japanese aviation law, which could bring three years in prison or up to $1,863 in fines.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.600398

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