The US military Osprey that crashed in Norway killing four Marines during a NATO training flight was caused by pilot error.
The MV-223 Osprey with the call sign “Ghost 31”, crashed into the steep side of a valley in Bodø, Norway, on March 18, Corps of Aviation investigators determined. Marines.
Corporal Jacob M. Moore, Gunnery Sergeant James W. Speedy, Captain Ross A. Reynolds, and Captain Matthew J. Tomkiewicz died in the crash.
“Investigation shows, from video and recovered flight data, that the causative factor in the Ghost 31 crash was pilot error,” as stated in the investigation report.
Investigators said several factors may have caused the accident, including weather conditions, training, maintenance errors, use of recording devices and inexperience in mountainous terrain.
The MV-223 Osprey, nicknamed “The Widow Maker” in the military, was seen performing a series of maneuvers before finally crashing.
“Although we cannot determine which pilot was flying, it is clear that the aircraft performed a series of maneuvers through the Grátádalen valley which caused a loss of altitude, airspeed and turning space. from which Ghost 31 could not recover.”
Following that crash in Norway, in June of this year five more Marines were tragically killed in California after their MV-233 crashed about 150 miles east of San Diego.
This investigation is still ongoing to determine what caused the plane to crash.
New York Post