Honolulu Star Advertiser on an accident in Hawaii today that left one Marine dead and several injured in an Osprey hard-landing at Bellows:

One Marine died and several were injured in an MV-22 Osprey aircraft hard-landing incident Sunday morning at Bellows Air Force Station.

At least twelve of 22 Marines onboard were injured in a “hard-landing mishap,” which occurred at about 11 a.m. when the aircraft from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, was conducting training, said Capt. Alex Lim, a spokesman for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Forces Pacific.

Just as a very tentative and sensitive Japan has agreed to allow these aircraft to be deployed to Yokota Air Base in rural Tokyo, now this incident happen. I am quite sure the local residents are feeling confident in the capability of the Osprey’s to be handled better than history has shown.