New details released about the US aircraft that crashed off Japan

Japan's Coast Guard posted photos of what is believed to be the plane's wreckage off Yakushima island

Update: The US military has identified the Osprey aircraft that crashed off southern Japan.

The CV-22B Osprey is based at Yokota Air Base and assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing, according to the Air Force Special Operations Command.

The aircraft was involved a “mishap while performing a routine training mission off the shore of Yakushima Island,” the Air Force said.

“In light of this incident, the minister of defense has asked the relevant departments to cooperate with the Japan Coast Guard to confirm whether or not there are any victims and to do their utmost to rescue them,” Hiroyuki Miyazawa, Japan’s vice defense minister, told local reporters.

Asked why he’d not called the incident a crash, Miyazawa said: “The U.S. side explained to us that the pilot did his best until the very end, so we’re using the term ‘emergency water landing.’”

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November 29 – The Coast Guard has pronounced a servicemember dead after they were recovered from a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed Wednesday off southern Japan.

The aircraft was carrying six crew and the status of the five others on the aircraft was not immediately known, Japan’s coast guard spokesperson Kazuo Ogawa said.

Initial reports said the aircraft was carrying eight people, but the U.S. military later revised the number to six, he said, according to the AP.

“The coast guard received an emergency call from a fishing boat near the crash site off Yakushima, an island south of Kagoshima on the southern main island of Kyushu,” the AP reports.

The deceased service member was found about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) off the eastern coast of Yakushima and an empty inflatable life raft was also found in the area.

The aircraft belonged to Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo and attempted an emergency sea landing according to officials.

U.S. Air Force officials at Yokota said they were still confirming information and had no immediate comment.

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