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Five hurt in Florida V-22 Osprey crash


Five crewmen aboard a V-22 Osprey on a training mission Wednesday at a Florida Air Force base are in the hospital after their aircraft crashed. The aircraft was in formation with another Osprey during the training run, but there is no indication yet of what went wrong. Less than a month ago, Japanese officials halted the Marines’ plans to deploy the Osprey there, citing the tilt-rotor aircraft’s safety record. Dozens of people have been killed in Osprey crashes dating back to the aircraft’s development more than a decade ago. Many of the accidents involved mechanical problems. The Osprey, once meant to replace the Marines’ transport helicopters, uses a pair of large rotors on the ends of its wings to take off, land and hover. In flight, the engines and rotors pivot forward, acting as propellers.