More problems for the V-22: Fifth V-22 with loose bolts points to design problem
US Naval Air Systems Command confirms today that a fifth MV-22 — and the first US-based aircraft – is afflicted with the same “loose bolts” problem that caused the fleet to be grounded earlier this week
This discovery means all “high-time” V-22 airframes may have a safety-critical design problem, and is not isolated to the four Iraq-based MV-22s previously found with the problem.
Not earth-shaking, as all aircraft have teething problems and various issues throughout their service lives. But the Osprey has had plenty of problems. Maybe that’s just a product of being a fairly revolutionary design.
Officials believe a design change will be required to fix the issue.
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