A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey that made an emergency landing at Oita Airport on Aug. 29 has been confirmed to be the same aircraft that made a forced landing in Okinawa Prefecture this past June.
There is renewed criticism of MV-22 Ospreys in Japan after it came to light that the same Osprey aircraft was involved in multiple problems.
The confirmation was made after the serial number of the Osprey aircraft in both cases was confirmed to be the same.
In the earlier accident, the aircraft made an emergency landing on a U.S. auxiliary airfield on Ie Island, Okinawa Prefecture, in June. Moreover, the same aircraft was spotted emitting white smoke while it was parked at the U.S. military's Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Aug. 28.
The Osprey involved in these problems belongs to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture.