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US military resumes Osprey flights in Japan after crash
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 19, 2016

16 Russian soldiers hurt in plane crash: ministry
Moscow (AFP) Dec 19, 2016 - A plane carrying Russian soldiers crashed in Siberia on Monday, seriously injuring 16, the defence ministry said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

The Ilyushin-18 plane carrying 32 passengers and seven crew made an emergency landing around 4:45 am Moscow time (01:45 GMT) in the eastern Siberian region of Sakha, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Everyone survived but 16 suffered serious injuries, with three in a very serious condition, and were airlifted to the nearest hospital, Sakha's regional authorities said in a statement, citing the emergency ministry.

In conflicting reports, the Sakha authorities said there were 32 people on board including eight crew.

The passengers were officers from the eastern Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, a source in the emergency ministry told Interfax news agency.

The defence ministry plane was due to land at Tiksi, around 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles) northeast of Moscow and beyond the Arctic Circle, the Sakha authorities said.

The plane was found 30 kilometres from the aerodrome at around 08:00 Moscow time, the Sakha authorities said.

The preliminary cause of the plane's emergency landing was "a strong sidewind with gusts," the authorities said.

The defence ministry said it had sent a specially equipped plane to evacuate those whose condition allowed them to travel to hospitals in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

The US Marines on Monday resumed flights of their controversial Osprey aircraft in Japan, less than a week after a crash off the southern island of Okinawa sparked local protests.

Last Tuesday an MV-22 Osprey made what Marines called a "controlled landing" just off the Okinawan coast during a night training flight that left the aircraft in pieces.

No one was killed but the accident sparked anger on the island -- a strategic outpost of US military power. In response, the Marines suspended flights of the tiltrotor aircraft in Japan pending an investigation.

The MV-22 Osprey can carry 24 troops and is half helicopter half turboprop, boasting the manoeuvrability of a chopper and the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.

But a series of deadly accidents, mostly in the United States, has prompted frequent protests in Okinawa against the deployment of the aircraft.

The latest crash happened after the aircraft damaged one of its propellers during an aerial refuelling drill with another plane, according to the Marines.

US Forces Japan commander Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez said "a thorough, careful and exhaustive review" was conducted and explanation given to the Japanese government.

"While the investigation is ongoing, we are highly confident in our assessment that the cause of the mishap was due solely to the aircraft's rotor blades coming into contact with the refuelling line," he said in a statement.

Japanese television footage showed an Osprey taking off at the US Futenma airbase on Okinawa while the Marines confirmed flight operations had resumed.

Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga, an outspoken critic of the US military presence, called the flight resumption "outrageous", though the central government expressed understanding.

"The US briefing (to the Japanese side) is reasonable... It is understandable that flights resume except for mid-air refuelling" which caused the accident, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

More than half the approximately 47,000 US troops in Japan under a decades-long security alliance are stationed on Okinawa, the site of a major World War II battle that was followed by a 27-year US occupation of the island.

A series of crimes including rapes, assaults and hit-and-run accidents by US military personnel, their dependants and civilians have long sparked protests by Okinawa residents.

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