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The U.S. military on Monday resumed transport of MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Okinawa after a fatal helicopter crash a week ago forced it to postpone the deployment of the tilt-rotor aircraft amid safety concerns about military operations.
Eight Ospreys took off from the Iwakuni base in western Japan in the morning. They are apparently part of the second batch of 12 aircraft to be deployed in Okinawa following the arrival of the first dozen last summer.
The deployment is part of the U.S. military's broader plan to replace aging CH-46 helicopters in Okinawa, home to the bulk of U.S. bases in Japan.
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