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Latest on tragic osprey crash that claimed lives of eight U.S. airmen, including Pittsford resident

A catastrophic crash of a CV-22B Osprey off the coast of Japan last week resulted in the tragic loss of eight U.S. Air Force airmen, including Captain Terrell Brayman, 32, from Pittsford. Brayman, a pilot and flight commander assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron at Yokota Air Base, was a notable graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School.

The Air Force Special Operations Command has been actively engaged in recovering the bodies and aircraft debris since the incident.

The crash occurred on November 29 during a routine training mission and has reignited safety concerns about Ospreys, which have a history of accidents in Japan and other locations.


As of Monday, six crew members’ remains have been located, with three recovered. The search continues for the remaining two crew members. Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind expressed deep sorrow over the loss and emphasized the airmen’s honorable service.

President Joe Biden expressed his and the First Lady’s heartbreak over the incident, acknowledging the immense sacrifice of the service members.

The other fallen crew members include Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, Maj. Luke A. Unrath, Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, Staff Sgt. Jake M. Turnage, Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Jacob “Jake” M. Galliher. In response to the crash, Japan has suspended its fleet of Ospreys, seeking assurances of safety from the U.S. military before resuming flights.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to operate its MV-22s in Okinawa. Wreckage collected by Japan’s coast guard and local fishing boats has been handed over to the U.S. military for examination.



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