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More On The Crash

The Local Puppy Trainer has the latest twist in the Osprey crash:

HURLBURT FIELD — The commander of the CV-22 Osprey squadron that lost one of its aircraft in a crash last week has been dismissed from his post.

Air Force leadership has lost confidence in Lt. Col. Matt Glover, who headed Hurlburt Field’s 8th Special Operations Squadron since May 2011.

First off, Colonel Glover’s last assignment before being made squadron commander was training to fly the Osprey, i.e. he had no operational experience with the aircraft before they gave him the job. That is a definite problem when you are trying to command.

Second, it sounds like the preliminary investigation has found something at odds with established policy for training flights, which points towards a ‘pilot error’ finding. My wild guess would be that the aircraft was flying below the established minimum altitude for a training mission. I say that because that would bring the performance of the squadron commander into question. Commanders are responsible for ensuring that standards are maintained.

For security reasons the military generally doesn’t put flight data recorders on its aircraft. If there was a crash in enemy territory the flight data recorders would provide the enemy with a lot of information the military doesn’t want them to have. There should be an exception made for the Osprey so it can document what a bad idea the project is.