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U.S. Navy brushes aside fears over MV-22 Osprey

Date Posted: 2011-07-07

A U.S. Navy report issued nearly three years ago notes the MV-22 Osprey that’s to be deployed to Okinawa next year does have some exhaust issues, but has not considered them worrisome.

Okinawa Prefecture officials received copies of the report this week, and isn’t so sure. Protests have mounted around the island, and particularly in Ginowan City, where the vertical take off and landing aircraft will be based at Futenma Marine Corps Air Station. The Navy noted there’s a potential danger of fires being created by hot exhaust fumes from the Osprey engines.

The July 2009 report cites an incident where a brush fire originated from Osprey exhaust fumes, but said it’s unlikely if suitable steps are taken by ground crews.

Prefecture officials say “seeing that there is possible that Osprey is going to make effective use of the north mountainous region, there is a necessity to check that steps which conform to a natural environment of Okinawa will be enforced when deploying the Osprey”. Officials add that the effect by exhausts is one category of questions the text raises in connection with deployment of the Osprey. Okinawa Prefecture is preparing to discuss the matter with the Deputy Prime Minister, Toshimi Kitazawa, who received the report himself a week earlier.

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