Disasters & Accidents

Japan’s PM conveys condolences to Biden over Osprey accident

Tokyo, Dec 6 (EFE).- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida conveyed his condolences Wednesday to United States President Joe Biden following the crash last week of the Osprey military plane off Japanese coasts in which eight crew members died.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of eight people. On behalf of the Japanese government and the Japanese people, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” Kishida said in a message to Biden collected by public broadcaster NHK.

The prime minister also said he thanked the dedication of the deceased crew members, as well as “the hard work day and night, far from their places of origin and families, to maintain peace and security in Japan and the region.”

Kishida’s message comes hours after Biden spoke about the accident.

“Our entire nation mourns this tragic loss,” said the US president before highlighting the Japanese government’s cooperation in search and rescue operations.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa added her condolences in a statement, saying: “It is regrettable that the crew members were not able to return safely despite the collective search and effort between the two governments.

A Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft of the US Armed Forces crashed Nov. 29 off the coast of Yakushima, southwest of Japan.

The eight people aboard the Osprey were aged between 20 and 30 when the accident took place, during routine training and whose causes are still being investigated.

So far, the death of six of the eight members of the aircraft’s crew has been confirmed, whose mortal remains have been located, but two soldiers remain missing.

The aircraft is capable of taking off and landing like a helicopter and flying like an airplane, so it is considered a hybrid. EFE

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