Air Force identifies the remaining seven airmen killed during the aircraft crash off Japan

Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, 32, of Andover, Minnesota; Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, 33, of Oviedo, Florida; Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, 36, of St. George, Utah; Maj. Luke A. Unrath, 34, of Riverside, California. BOTTOM ROW: Staff Sgt. Jake M. Turnage, 25, of Kennesaw, Georgia; Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, 32, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Staff Sgt. Jake Galliher. NOT PICTURED: Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, 32, of Pittsford, New York. Photos from Facebook, US Air Force.

Update: The Air Force officially said all eight airmen who were aboard the CV-22 Osprey died after it crashed last week.

They identified all the deceased as they transitioned from search and rescue operations to search and recovery.

The Air Force identified the following Airmen on Tuesday:

-US Air Force Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, 32, of Andover, Minnesota, a CV-22 instructor pilot and officer in charge of training, assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

-US Air Force Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, 36, of St. George, Utah, a residency trained flight surgeon and medical operations flight commander assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

-US Air Force Maj. Luke A. Unrath, 34, of Riverside, California, a CV-22 pilot and flight commander assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

-US Air Force Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, 32, of Pittsford, New York, a CV-22 pilot and flight commander assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

-USA ir Force Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, 33, of Oviedo, Florida, a medical operations flight chief assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

-US Air Force Staff Sgt. Jake M. Turnage, 25, of Kennesaw, Georgia, a flight engineer assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan. 

-US Air Force Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, 32, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a flight engineer assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Earlier:

*dpa, (TNS)

Tokyo — Almost a week after a US Osprey military aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan, divers have found the wreckage and the remains of crew members, the US Air Force said on Monday.

The air force said that the bodies had been recovered but had not yet been identified.

The family of one of the deceased airmen confirmed his death in a statement Friday. 

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jake Galliher, 24, was killed Wednesday and the Air Force confirmed Saturday that Galliher was the airman whose remains were first recovered.

An undated photo of Air Force Staff Sgt. Jake Galliher. (Courtesy of Tor Krautter)

“Jake was an amazing father, son, and brother dedicated to his family and friends,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and support are with the families of Jake’s fellow crew members who are dealing with this tragedy as well.”

Galliher was part of a U.S. intelligence unit at Yokota Air Base in Japan that supported the special operations wing to which the downed Osprey belonged, the Air Force said Saturday. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2017.

Eight crew members were on board the aircraft when it crashed in the waters off the island of Yakushima in south-west Japan last week.

The cause of the accident is still unknown.

In the past, there have been repeated accidents involving this type of aircraft in Japan and abroad.

In response to the latest accident, Japan has temporarily suspended all flights by its own fleet of 14 Ospreys.

“Our focus is to enable the ongoing, extensive 24/7 search and rescue operation while we care for the family and loved ones impacted by this mishap,” Air Force Special Operations Command boss Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind said in a statement Saturday. “As search-and-rescue operations continue, our joint force and Japanese allies stand united in our determination to bring our air commandos home.”

*Popular Military contributed to this report

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