Like many military aircraft accidents, the chain of events that led to the tragic May 17, 2015, MV-22B Osprey crash in Oahu, Hawaii, started with a seemingly innocuous decision. During the previous summer, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit began to discuss the Hawaii-based exercises with the “Thundering Third” Battalion Landing Team, also known as the “Balls of the Corps.” Some other Osprey pilots were operating on a grassy field near Kaneohe Bay called Landing ...

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