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WASHINGTON: A Marine Corps investigation confirms that, as Breaking Defense reported July 9, the pilot at the controls of an MV-22B Osprey that crashed April 11 in Morocco, killing two crew chiefs aboard, violated flight manual procedures and committed other errors that contributed to the accident.

Breaking Defense has obtained a redacted summary of a Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) report on the accident — a document that stands at the center of a major effort by the United States government to convince the Japanese people and their government that the Osprey is both safe and highly effective. A redacted copy of the report was provided Wednesday to Japan’s vice minister of defense as part of a bilateral government effort to defuse Japanese protests of plans to deploy 24 Ospreys to Okinawa. Keep reading →