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Japan clears the V-22 Osprey for flight

19th September 2012 - 11:45 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The Japanese Ministry of Defence has given a green light to allow the US Marines Corps to begin V-22 Osprey flight operations from October, it has emerged.

A report from the Japanese MoD on 19 September says 'there is no particular problem in the safety of the aircraft', but also said that the MoD has put measures in place to try and mitigate any possible safety issues. These include low-level flight training to take place above a minimum safe altitude of 500 feet avoiding nuclear power plants and densely populated areas.

'We have confirmed the safety for the Osprey to

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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