THE MARINE CORPS’ WILLFUL DISREGARD FOR GROUND SAFETY TRAINING SPECIFIC TO AAV & OSPREY UNDERWATER EGRESS: Col Walt Yates, USMC (ret)
One thing that your guest stated was talking about the egress points of the MV-22, I would say that knowing your egress points are only moderately important since there is no saying that the bird will be in only one piece. People who have never been in a crash are only providing a second hand opinion, I say this because I have first hand experience in this.
We crashed Aug 29th, 1986.
The helo we were in broke into 5 pieces after we hit another helo on the flight deck, we had crossed into the Arctic Circle earlier that day and the water temperature was 42degrees. It is a tragedy to lose any Marine, to have only lost 3 out of 26 is truly a miracle. We lost 8 out of 21 on our crash…..
The Corps needs to do a much better job of preparing our Marines for these type of crashes.