An Osprey aircraft takes off from U.S. military port facilities in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan, March 20, 2023. (Credit: Kyodo News/Getty Images/File)

A U.S. Osprey military plane crashed Wednesday off the coast of Japan's Yakushima island in southern Kagoshima Prefecture with eight people on board, according to a Japan Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard received information about the crash around 2:47 p.m. local Japan time (12:47 a.m. Miami time), the spokesperson said, adding that the Coast Guard's 10th Regional Headquarters sent a patrol boat and a plane to the crash area.

One person was found Wednesday after the crash, a Japan Coast Guard spokesperson told CNN.

No information on the individual's condition was available at this time, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said the person was found by a local fishing boat assisting the Japan Coast Guard in the search.


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The Yakushima Airport Management Office in Kagoshima Prefecture received a call from the US military on Wednesday afternoon local time requesting an emergency landing at Kagoshima airport, a Kagoshima prefectural official told CNN.

The official did not specify whether the request came from the U.S. Marines or the Air Force.

It is the latest fatal accident involving an Osprey military aircraft, and numerous accidents have been reported over the years.

In August of this year, three U.S. Marines were killed and several more seriously injured after an Osprey crashed during military exercises in Australia.

In 2022, five U.S. Marines died after their MV-22B Osprey plane crashed during a training mission near Glamis, California. The same year, four U.S. servicemen were killed when their Osprey crashed during NATO training exercises in Norway.

The Osprey is a very flexible aircraft that can take off vertically like a helicopter but also perform a high-speed cruise like a more conventional winged turboprop aircraft.

Osprey is generally safe to fly, but the aircraft has had a history of mechanical and operational problems since its inception in the 1980s, according to CNN military analyst and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Cedric Leighton.

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