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    Ospreys Cleared to Fly Again After Deadly Crash Despite Mechanical Failure with Unknown Cause

    Ospreys Cleared to Fly Again After Deadly Crash Despite Mechanical Failure with Unknown Cause

    Military officials have announced that the V-22 Osprey — an aircraft that already has one known parts issue — is returning to flight despite an investigation into a deadly Air Force crash in November revealing another mechanical failure that is not fully understood.

    The V-22 Program Office — part of Naval Air Systems Command — grounded the aircraft nearly three months ago after a deadly crash of an Air Force Special Operations Command Osprey on Nov. 29 off the coast of that killed eight airmen. That same office now says data analysis has led to lifting the grounding, even as many aspects surrounding this latest chapter in the Osprey saga remain shrouded in secrecy.

    The move to push the crucial aircraft back into service despite lingering questions, and the investigations into the Japan crash and an earlier deadly Marine Corps Osprey crash in not being fully completed, sparked concern among families connected to the aircraft — and drew a rebuke from a House chairman who leads a key oversight committee looking into the safety issues.

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    “We have high confidence that we understand what component failed, and how it failed,” Marine Corps Col. Brian Taylor, the program manager for the V-22 program, told reporters in a hours-long briefing Wednesday. The briefing was provided to reporters on the condition that it…

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