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    Osprey Grounding Set to Be Lifted, But Questions over Causes of Deadly Crashes Remain, House Chairman Says

    Osprey Grounding Set to Be Lifted, But Questions over Causes of Deadly Crashes Remain, House Chairman Says

    Pentagon leadership will imminently lift the ban on flying the V-22 Osprey after a three-month grounding, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said.

    In a statement Wednesday evening, Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., railed against the decision to allow the aircraft to fly again, a move that he said will be public Thursday.

    is lifting the Osprey grounding order despite not providing the Oversight Committee and the American people answers,” Comer said. “Serious concerns remain such as accountability measures put in place to prevent crashes, a general lack of transparency, how maintenance and operational upkeep is prioritized, and how DoD assesses risks.”

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    A decision on the future of the Osprey has been expected since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was briefed on a to allow the aircraft to return to flight, but officials have been tight-lipped about exactly when or how the grounding will end.

    After Comer's statement, a spokesperson for Naval Air Systems Command, the authority for lifting the grounding, told reporters in an email that “there has been no change in the status of the V-22.”

    The Osprey was grounded in early December after a crash off the coast of in late November that killed eight special operations airmen. The crash was the Air 's deadliest Osprey incident to date, but it was the latest in a string…

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