Top Stories

Grid List

FILE PHOTO: Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard's games characters in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
Business & FinanceEntertainment & LifestyleTechnology

...

Reuters exclusively reported[1] that EU antitrust regulators are asking Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) rivals and customers whether they are affected by the U.S. tech giant’s proposals to gain UK approval for

Read more

Neflix, Tollywood
Entertainment & Lifestyle

...

Reuters reported[1] that Netflix, a streaming laggard in India, is now eager to tap into the South Indian market. Netflix has a range of Indian films across various regions to showcase, but for TV series — key to keeping

Read more

Shanghai
Business & FinanceEntertainment & LifestyleHuman InterestTechnology

Reuters revealed[1] Shanghai authorities helped Tesla transport over 6,000 workers and carry out necessary disinfection work to reopen its factory last month amid the city’s lockdown. A

...

Read more

Exercise has long been recognized by clinicians, scientists and public health officials as an important way to maintain health[1] throughout a person’s lifespan. It improves overall fitness, helps build strong muscles and bones, reduces the risk of chronic

Read more

Within the next few decades, NASA aims to land humans on the Moon, set up a lunar colony and use the lessons learned to send people to Mars as part of its Artemis program[1].

While researchers know that space travel can stress space crew members both

Read more

While expanding nuclear energy production would provide carbon-free power and can help countries around the world meet their climate goals[1], nuclear energy could also come with some inherent risk. Radioactive pollution damages the environment, and it’s

Read more

Weekly_022224_Kyushu Electric

Energy

Reuters exclusively reported[1] that Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power will wait until after the United States resumes issuing export licenses for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects before deciding on whether to invest in the Lake Charles project. 

Read more

Weekly_022224_Nest

Business & Finance

Reuters exclusively reported[1] that Nest, a 36 billion pound ($45 billion) UK workplace pension fund, expects to ramp up private assets holdings to as much as 30% of its portfolio, in one of the most significant moves into

Read more

Weekly_022224-TurkeyRussia

Business & FinanceEnergy

Reuters exclusively reported[1] that a U.S. threat to hit financial firms doing business with Russia with sanctions has chilled Turkish-Russian trade, disrupting or slowing some payments for both imported oil and Turkish exports. 

Read more

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft approaches an MC-130H Combat Talon II air-refueling receptacle during a training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The Air Force[1] said Tuesday that investigators have determined a parts failure occurred during an Osprey crash in Japan in November that killed all eight airmen on board, but the root cause of the crash is still unknown.

Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement that the two investigations into the deadly crash, a Safety Investigation Board probe and an Accident Investigation Board inquiry, are still ongoing.

"At this time, the material failure that occurred is known, but the cause of the failure has not been determined," Air Force Special Operations Command said. "Engineering testing and analysis is ongoing to understand the cause of the material failure, a critical part of the investigation."

Read Next: VA Paid Roughly $1 Million in Double Housing Payments to Some Student Vets Due to a Legal Loophole[2]

Prior to Tuesday's determination, the Osprey fleet had already been under intense scrutiny following other deadly mishaps and a mysterious mechanical issue -- called a hard clutch engagement, an issue that occurs in the V-22 gearbox -- that has been seen in the aircraft for more than a decade.

Despite little news coming from official channels, officials inside the Pentagon, speaking anonymously, have told news outlets over the past two weeks that the investigation was progressing and eyeing the aircraft's complex series of clutches and gearboxes as a potential culprit.

The Associated Press has reported[3] that the Pentagon believes it has identified the mechanical failure that caused the crash in Japan, while NBC News reported that[4] investigators were looking at the aircraft's propeller rotor gear box as a possible cause for the crash. The Air Force statement did not specify the aircraft's propeller rotor gear box as the issue.

Military.com offered several military officials the opportunity to deny the reports and none did so on the record.

The V-22 Joint Program Office, which oversees all the service's Ospreys, offered Military.com no new details Tuesday and instead said that "preliminary information provided by the Safety Investigation Board indicates a potential materiel failure, but the root cause is unknown at this time." That statement is similar to what was offered by the Air Force in December[5].

Tuesday's statement from Air Force Special Operations Command shores up an initial assessment it gave shortly after the Nov. 29 crash that indicated a mechanical failure may have been to blame.

The Air Force special operations[6] Osprey that went down, call sign Gundam 22, was on a training mission off Japan's Yakushima Island. The deadly crash triggered a grounding of all Air Force, Marine Corps[7] and Navy[8] V-22s. Those service stand-downs and multiple investigations into the mishap are still ongoing.

All of the services that fly the V-22 rely on them for operations and transport, and many officials have stated publicly that they wish to get them back in the air again.

Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, said during a roundtable with reporters last week at the Air and Space Forces Association's Warfare Symposium conference in Colorado that he wants the Air Force to utilize the CV-22[9], that service's variant of the Osprey, as soon as possible.

"There is a strong desire to return to fly because that is a capability we want to have, but we want to be able to return to fly with as much knowledge as we possibly can so that we can ensure that we are safely taking care of our crews as it goes forward," Bauernfeind told reporters.

The Marine Corps, which utilizes the majority of the military's V-22s with its MV-22[10] variant, told Military.com on Tuesday it is eager to get them back in the air, but did not have any insight into when that would be.

"Safely returning the MV-22 to flying status is one of our top priorities," said Capt. Alyssa Myers, a Marine Corps spokeswoman. "We cannot speculate on timelines."

Last week, a top Marine Corps general told a conference panel[11] that the Corps has seen "dramatic impacts" from the flying halt.

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told Military.com on Tuesday that it's up to the individual services "to determine when it's best for those Ospreys to be relieved of that stand-down order."

In addition to the incident in Japan, three Marines were killed in August when their MV-22 Osprey[12] crashed during training in Australia -- the cause has yet to be publicly confirmed by the service -- and five Marines died in 2022 when their Osprey suffered a catastrophic clutch failure during training in California.

When the cause of the 2022 Osprey crash was revealed to be a hard clutch engagement last year[13], the office that runs the Osprey program for the Pentagon claimed "through a combination of efforts, including the recent input quill assembly replacement bulletin in February 2023, the risk of a [hard clutch engagement] event occurring was reduced by greater than 99%" despite no clear understanding of what causes the problem. The claim was met with skepticism from relatives of the victims[14].

In addition to those revelations and incidents, just two months prior to the Nov. 29 Osprey crash, two Marine V-22 Ospreys in Japan diverted Sept. 14 within hours of each other due to "cockpit caution indications" in the aircraft while flying near where the Air Force Osprey later crashed, Military.com previously reported.

The last deadly Air Force Osprey crash occurred in 2010, when three service members and a civilian contractor died in Afghanistan, according to Air Force Safety Center data. The cause could not be determined by an investigative board.

Since 1992, the aircraft, which can fly like both a helicopter and a plane, has been involved in numerous crashes, accidents and mishaps, leading to more than 60 deaths. After the clutch issues became public in August 2022[15], the Marine Corps revealed it knew about the issue as far back as 2010[16] and that there have been at least 15 mishaps linked to the "hard clutch issue,"[17] with 10 involving Marine Corps aircraft.

Search efforts in the Nov. 29 crash involved more than 1,000 personnel, 46 aircraft, 23 maritime vessels, and 21 unmanned air and watercraft looking for wreckage and remains, covering more than 60,000 square kilometers of the ocean surface and 39 square kilometers of the ocean floor, according to the Air Force.

The U.S. military last month concluded its search efforts after 43 days of recovery and salvage efforts. Remains of seven airmen who died in the Nov. 29 mishap were located, recovered and identified during the search off the southern tip of mainland Japan, but Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement that the body of Maj. Eric Spendlove could not be found.

Last month, Military.com reported that the Government Accountability Office[18] agreed to look into the Osprey incidents following a request by Reps. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Mike Waltz, R-Fla. The lawmakers asked the agency "to conduct a review on the cause of the accidents that have resulted in several deaths involving the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (V-22) during military operations and training exercises."

Since the Nov. 29 crash, however, the Pentagon has not announced its own investigation into all the incidents involving the Osprey in recent history. Military.com reported last year[19] that the Air Force, Marines and Navy have stopped new purchases of the aircraft and said only that they "will complete the MV-22 and CMV-22 programs of record, with deliveries through 2025."

Related: Air Force Has 'Strong Desire' to Fly Osprey Again Following Deadly Crash, But Questions Remain[20]

© Copyright 2024 Military.com. All rights reserved. This article may not be republished, rebroadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without written permission. To reprint or license this article or any content from Military.com, please submit your request here[21].

Read more

Skip to main content (Press Enter).[1]

An error has occurred. Error: ArticleCS - Article View is currently unavailable.

Load More[2]

image

Read more

People wearing World War I-era uniforms play instruments beneath a U.S. flag.As the sound of taps pierced the cool evening air at the National World War I Memorial in Washington this week, the somber bugle call became yet another reminder of Americans' unwavering resolve to honor those who have served.    

Since May 2021,

Read more

Must-See Celeb Sightings: November 2023Bre Tiesi[1] made a shocking reveal following her admission that she hooked up with Michael B. Jordan[2]

During a season 7 episode of Selling Sunset, the real estate agent sat with her co-stars, Amanza Smith, Emma Hernan and Chrishell Stause, and implied

...

Read more

Must-See Celeb Sightings: November 2023Dean McDermott[1] is shedding more light on his decision to take to Instagram and announce the end of his marriage[2] to Tori Spelling[3], and how the spur-of-the-moment decision was a cry for help.

"My worst memory with Tori is that last fight when I was

...

Read more

Ronna McDaniel speaks at the committee's winter meeting in Dana Point, Calif.“Frankly,” he said, “I don’t think there’s any way in the world you can get a two-thirds vote to replace her.”

Lori Hinz, the North Dakota national committee woman who also opposed McDaniel’s reelection campaign, said she has been hearing from

...

Read more

Federalist Society Executive Vice President Leonard Leo speaks.Leo presides over a multi-billion-dollar network of tax-exempt nonprofit groups and has used it, in part, to organize campaigns over the past decade to install the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.

American for Public Trust is a nonprofit group run by

...

Read more

Kari Lake speaks.Her biggest attempted detente so far is with Karrin Taylor Robson, her 2022 primary opponent whom she once strongly insinuated was a gold digger using her husband’s money to try to buy Arizona’s governorship.

...

Lake and Robson met in Phoenix in late

Read more

A middle-aged woman sitting in the kitchen at the glass table with laptop in headphones, covering face with handEquality watchdog guidance suggests allowing women to work from home or letting them wear cooler clothes.

Read more

Bryony GordonWriter Bryony Gordon opens up on her OCD, food addiction and health inequality.

Read more

Woman lying on a sofa looking pensiveCampaigners say they are "thrilled" that millions of families will finally have their losses recognised.

Read more

image

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Auston Matthews scored his 50th goal of the season Wednesday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs star's hometown return, becoming the fastest NHL player to reach that mark in 28 years

Playing his 54th game of the season, Matthews scored 5:01

Read more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Auston Matthews scored his 50th goal of the season Wednesday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs star's hometown return, becoming the fastest NHL player to reach that mark in 28 years.

Playing his 54th game of the season, Matthews scored 5:01

Read more

image

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The old adage that it's better to follow the man who followed the man than to follow the man isn't lost on Kalen DeBoer.

DeBoer has heard that one a time or two since replacing the legendary Nick Saban last month as Alabama football

Read more

Thousands of earthquakes in recent weeks have shaken the Icelandic fishing town of Grindavík, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the capital Reykjavik. They have triggered evacuations and warnings that a volcanic eruption may be imminent.

While the idea of magma rising was no doubt scary for tourists visiting the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was closed as a precaution, Iceland’s residents have learned over centuries to live with their island’s overactive geology.

So, why is Iceland so volcanically active?

Read more …Volcanic Iceland is rumbling again as magma rises − a geologist explains eruptions in the land of...

image
A row of monopiles that will be the base for offshore wind turbines, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

As renewable energy production expands across the U.S., the environmental impacts of these new sources are receiving increased attention. In a recent report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examined whether and how constructing offshore wind farms in the Nantucket Shoals region, southeast of Massachusetts, could affect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Conversation asked marine scientists Erin L. Meyer-Gutbrod, Douglas Nowacek, Eileen E. Hofmann and Josh Kohut, all of whom served on the study committee, to explain the report’s key findings.

Read more …As the US begins to build offshore wind farms, scientists say many questions remain about impacts...

PFAS, the “forever chemicals” that have been raising health concerns across the country, are not just a problem in drinking water. As these chemicals leach out of failing septic systems and landfills and wash off airport runways and farm fields, they can end up in streams that ultimately discharge into ocean ecosystems where fish, dolphins, manatees, sharks and other marine species live.

We study the risks from these persistent pollutants in coastal environments as environmental analytical chemists at Florida International University’s Institute of the Environment.

Read more …How PFAS 'forever chemicals' are getting into Miami's Biscayne Bay, where dolphins, fish and...

The primitive hate on display in the streets around the globe cries out for a Final Solution to the Jewish Problem.

It is time to end the Jewish Problem once and for all.

Both the problem and solution are simple, and this instruction can be short.   

The decision and responsibility for it are yours.

Read more …The Problem With Jews and The Final Solution

First one bank announced it will only accept digital currency.

Now the Reserve Bank of Australia has announced it is heading into digital currency.

As the moth is to the flame, so are the follies of man.

Artificial intelligence and the next level of quantum computing will render passwords and encryption efforts obsolete.

Read more …Digital Currency Follies

The point of having a nation of laws is twofold: (a) you know how to prosper, and (b) you know how to stay out of jail.

The persecution of President Trump has revealed a new threat of charlatan prosecutors and agency administrators cobbling together disparate statutes which the media kindly calls “innovative”, “artful” or “novel” interpretations or constructions.

But these recombinations are actually new laws because they are the nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and contexts in criminal statutes, strung together in new combinations to create newly criminalized conduct after a citizen has engaged in some conduct.

Read more …Fake Laws - The Threat of After-The-Fact Laws in America

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Hurricane Otis made landfall near Acapulco, on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, at 1:25 a.m. CDT as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph. The storm had rapidly intensified off the coast, and according to the National Hurricane Center, Otis was the strongest hurricane in the Eastern Pacific to make landfall in the satellite era

Read more …Hurricane Otis Causes Catastrophic Damage in Acapulco, Mexico

Mitch began as a tropical storm over the southwestern Caribbean Sea on October 22, 1998, and strengthened to a hurricane by the 24th. Mitch then rapidly strengthened, becoming a monster Category 5 hurricane with a central pressure of 905 mb on the 26th. To this day, Mitch still ranks as the second-strongest October hurricane on record and remains tied for the eighth-most intense of any Atlantic hurricane on record.

Mitch made landfall in Honduras as a much weaker Category 1 hurricane, but it battered the offshore islands with high winds, waves and storm surge. The greatest impact, however, was from the widespread heavy rain and severe flooding in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador that left thousands dead or missing and caused tremendous property, infrastructure and crop damage in Central America.

Read more …25 Years Later: Looking Back at the October Monster Named Mitch

Scorching temperatures have put millions of Americans in danger this summer, with heat extremes stretching from coast to coast in the Southern U.S.

Read more …Extreme heat is particularly hard on older adults, and an aging population and climate change are...

Weather

Finance

Sport

22 February 2024