Two Service Members Injured after V-22 Osprey Suffers ‘Hard Landing’ in Syria

A V-22 has gone down in Syria, injuring two service members sometime on Thursday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Friday.

The V-22 that was operating in support of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve mission against ISIS forces suffered a “hard landing,” according to the official.

The downing resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to two unidentified service members. Other press reports indicate the aircraft was operating from a coalition ground base and was destroyed following the hard landing.

“The two were evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries and quickly transported to a medical treatment facility, where they were seen and released,” read a Friday release from U.S. Central Command. “The other passengers and crew on the aircraft were uninjured, and no other casualties were reported on the ground.

The official would not identify the variant or the service to which the V-22 was attached.

Defense officials said that there was no belief the Osprey was downed by enemy action and said it was a “miracle,” more people weren’t severely injured during the crash.

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While the V-22 is most closely associated with the Marine Corps, the Air Force operates a special operations variant of the aircraft in limited numbers — the CV-22.

The U.S. has about 500 ground troops in Syria including Marine and Army artillery units as well as unspecified special operations forces in the country.

Two U.S. service members were injured after a Coalition aircraft executed a hard landing early morning Sept. 29 in the Middle East.  The two were evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries and quickly transported to a medical treatment facility, where they were seen and released. The other passengers and crew on the aircraft were uninjured, and no other casualties were reported on the ground.

The cause of the incident is being investigated by the Coalition.