Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hurlburt aircraft still out to pasture in Alabama



HURLBURT FIELD — It will be a few days before an Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that made a precautionary landing Monday night in Alabama will be back at Hurlburt Field.

The multiple-mission aircraft, assigned to the Hurlburt Field-based 1st Special Operations Wing, landed in a large field on the eastern edge of Ashland, Alabama, late Monday night when an unspecified maintenance issue developed during a routine training mission.

The landing was made “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a Tuesday news release from the 1st SOW public affairs office. None of the five crew members was reported injured, according to the release, and there were no injuries on the ground, according to Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford.

Col. Tom Palenske, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, said Tuesday via Facebook that Hurlburt maintenance personnel were “currently fixing the issue, and then we’ll be on our way.”

In a Wednesday email, the 1st SOW’s public affairs office said the Osprey “has not been repaired yet, but the maintenance team is on the scene.”

Also according to the 1st SOW email, the Osprey “is expected to be back on station on or about Saturday 9 June.”

It is not yet clear exactly what prompted the crew to make the precautionary landing.

“The maintenance issue is still under investigation,” stated the 1st SOW email.

Ashland is a town of about 2,000 people in east central Alabama’s Clay County, 75 miles north of Montgomery and just east of Talladega National Forest.

“We appreciate all the help and support we are receiving from the community and emergency services here in Ashland,” Lt. Col. David Lucas, the 1st Special Operations Group’s deputy commander, said in the Tuesday news release.

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