V-22 Osprey Fleet To Return To Flight After 3-Month Worldwide Grounding | Aviation

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A MV-22B of the the V-22 Test Team at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 during Dynamic Interface (DI) Ship-Air Test Trials aboard the United Kingdom’s HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Ben Putbrese)

NAVAIR will lift the V-22 grounding next week, after plans for a safe and measured return to flight operations have been approved.

The V-22 Osprey fleet is expected to return to flight next week, after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin endorsed the military services’ plans for a safe and measured return to operations. According to The Associated Press, following a meeting with Austin and the top service leaders, officials said that Naval Air Systems Command will lift the grounding and allow the services to begin implementing their plans to resume the tiltrotor’s flight operations.

The V-22s operated by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the ones of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, have been grounded following the crash that involved a USAF CV-22B off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan, on Nov. 29, 2023. The worldwide standdown was ordered after preliminary investigation information indicated a potential materiel failure caused the CV-22B crash, killing 8 crew members.

While the incident is still under investigation, the Air Force said it has identified the cause of the crash, but it hasn’t been able to determine the reason of the failure. In the meanwhile, the services planned additional safety checks and more conservative operations with the Osprey to mitigate the known material failure. The same plans will be shared with Japan, the only foreign operator of the V-22.

Flight operations of the tiltrotor in Japan, however, will resume later. In fact, the head of NAVAIR is expected to fly to Japan next week to brief the Ministry of Defense and Japanese government, and no Ospreys will fly until that briefing has occurred, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The…

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