Several years ago, lawyers in our firm successfully handled a tragic case involving the crash of an MV-22 Osprey which resulted in the deaths of an entire crew of highly trained Marines. For those who don’t know, the Osprey is an aircraft with a long controversial history. Originally intended to replace heavy-lift and troop transport helicopters, the Osprey is a dual rotor aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter, but can fly like an airplane. Unlike the British Harrier, which uses ducted thrust from a jet engine, the Osprey propeller engines tilt to transition from helicopter to airplane mode. At least one expert has been quoted as saying that because this aircraft is trying to be both an airplane and a helicopter, it will never be great at being either one. Multiple crashes and deaths caused several groundings of the first fleet of aircraft, but political pressure saved the program from cancellation.
The military has touted the effectiveness of the Osprey, widely used in the war in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, Osprey crashes have continued. Our firm currently represents the family of another Marine killed in a “hard landing” during training in Hawaii. Rather than actually being a hard landing, amateur video shows the Osprey drop suddenly and crash. The aircraft broke up, caught fire and very little was left when the fire was eventually extinguished. Several serious injuries and two deaths resulted. Our lawyers are in the early stages of investigating this tragic case, but they already know that there is a history of problems with the air particle separator intended to filter out airborne dust and dirt from being ingested in the engines. In this case, the Osprey was one of a line of aircraft attempting a beach landing in a very heavy dust storm kicked up by the aircraft rotor downwash. It’s suspected that the filter failed to operate properly and ingested dirt, which caused an engine failure. We look forward to working through this complex case and will update you as information becomes available. If you need more information on the problems with the Osprey, contact either Cole Portis or Mike Andrews, lawyers who handle Osprey litigation for our firm, at 800-898-2064 or by email at Cole.Portis@beasleyallen.com or Mike.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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