posted on May, 10 2018 @ 09:55 AM
On August 5, 2017 an MV-22 carrying 21 passengers crashed while attempting to land on the USS Green Bay, near Queensland, Australia. As a result of
the crash, three Marines were killed. The most likely cause of the accident was recirculated downwash air reflecting off the hull, into the rotors.
The pilots noticed a 200-300 foot per minute descent rate, and attempted to arrest it by increasing power, but the aircraft struck a catwalk just
below the flight deck, slid across with the rotors hitting the flight deck, before striking a staircase and flipping into the water. Divers later
found one of the missing Marines still strapped into his seat.
After hitting the water, the Marines on board needed help removing restraints, had to push cargo around, and move 8 Marines that had been
unrestrained. Of the 21 Marines, 20 were with Golf Battery, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. They were in the "infrequent fliers" category, and as a result
7 of them had received no egress training (Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Device, and Shallow Water Egress Training). Two of the Marines on board had
received the training and failed the course. All told, 384 Marines with the 3/5 had not received the training. The Marines said “Lack of training
resources, competing training requirements, rapid embarkation upon arrival in Okinawa, Japan, and lost training days due to a contract expansion,”
were the reason for the lack of training.
edit on 5/10/2018 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)