Pilot Error Blamed For Fatal Osprey Crash
All four Marines were based at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina.
An unnamed government source who has knowledge of the military's investigation of the crash, which is still under review by the Marines, told AOL Defense:
"This wasn't a tiltrotor accident; it was bad flying."
An Osprey pilot who wasn't named also told AOL Defense:
"Unfortunately they put the aircraft in a position beyond the (flight manual) limits that are advertised and that are trained to, and they made an error."
The official stance of the Department of Defense, according to a June 29 press release, is that mechanical failure of the Osprey was not a factor in the crash.