NAHA -- A local photographer has captured underwater photos of a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey that crash-landed off the coast of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Dec. 13.
The photos by 66-year-old Osamu Makishi, of the prefectural city of Okinawa, reveal the extent of the damage to the U.S. military transport aircraft, its fuselage broken into pieces and components strewn across the seafloor. Makishi is part of an international coral reef monitoring effort dubbed Reef Check, and after hearing the Osprey had crash-landed, he visited the site on the morning of Dec. 14 to examine the potential environmental damage.
"I was amazed by the extent of the damage to the Osprey," Makishi told The Mainichi in a telephone interview. "The authorities are calling it a 'crash-landing,' but I can't think it was anything but a severe crash. It looked so bad it made me wonder that there were any survivors."