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USMC MV-22B Osprey crashes in CaliforniaThe US military has confirmed that a Boeing MV-22B Osprey aircraft has crashed in California. (www.nbcnews.com) More...
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The V-22 is extremely susceptible to engine failure from ingestion of particulates. Deserts have sand = particulates. Yes, I speculate. But there is a reason some Marines call the V-22 the Marine Killer. I know this first-hand from former Marine who told me of this.
The V-tail Bonanza was known as the Doctor Killer.
Then there was the 'Hiller Killer'.
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Your comment reminds me of when I worked at McDonnell Douglas in Mesa AZ at the Apache plant. When Apaches were first put into service for Operation Desert Storm, the damage of blowing sand to the leading edge of the rotors was unpredicted and caused the need for rapid replacement of those rotors. However, I don't recall ever hearing the sand caused damage to the engines, even though it sounds plausible.
This is really beginning to be a crisis. Just yesterday [6-9-22] another Osprey crashed in the same general area.. According to what I am reading, both Ospreys were based at Camp Pendleton. I thought they may have been based at Miramar since I see them fly over my house several times a day on the way to Miramar. Rest in peace to those who lost their lives, and condolences to their families.