Days of search-and-rescue operations around Yakushima Island shifted to “search and recovery” of the aircraft wreckage and remains after it was deemed that survivors were unlikely, Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement. Prior to Tuesday's statement, only one airman — whose remains were located hours after the incident — had been identified.
“Staff Sgt. Jake Galliher's remains were recovered Nov. 29, 2023, and the status of the seven remaining airmen transitioned from DUSTWUN (duty status-whereabouts unknown) to deceased status and all families were notified,” Air Force Special Operations Command said.
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Of the eight airmen on board the Osprey, the remains of three airmen had been recovered as of Tuesday, according to the Air Force. Three other remains have been located and are in the process of being retrieved. The remains of two of the crew members are still being sought.
The Nov. 29 incident marks the deadliest CV-22 crash in the Air Force's history and the largest loss of life on the service's airframe, according to Air Force Safety Center data.
The other crew members, alongside Galliher,…