It wasn't an emergency landing, but a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey recently experienced a mechanical issue that caused the pilot and several others onboard to land at Baldwin County Regional Airport.
They were there for several days until repairs could be made, according to Bruce Hood, general manager of Sinclair Aviation, which manages day-to-day operations at the local airport.
He said the pilot never declared an emergency.
The pilot was alerted by a warning sensor that something was wrong, Hood said.
“The helicopter was traveling from North Carolina to Arizona,” Hood told The Union-Recorder during an interview Wednesday morning. “They were all active-duty Marines. When the aircraft got close to Milledgeville, it developed a vibration sensor in one of its rotors and the pilot decided to land here at our airport as a safety precaution.”
Once they landed, some of the crew members did some troubleshooting.
“We loaned them some tools to do their troubleshooting,” Hood said. “They ended up calling in a second unit to come help them. They later found out they had a bigger problem than they originally thought, so they had to actually remove the rotor on the right-hand side of the aircraft and replace a few parts before they could get that aircraft repaired and flying again.”
During that time, they had numerous other MV-22s fly in with support equipment to repair the bad rotor. Other mechanical and technical…