The investigation into the April 8, 2010 crash of a CV-22 Osprey from the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. is currently underway.The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian employee were killed during the mishap. The crash site was near Qalat, Afghanistan. There is not yet enough evidence gathered to draw any conclusions as to the cause of this mishap. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
The commander of Air Force Special Operations Command convened a Safety Investigation Board (SIB) immediately after the mishap in order to quickly determine the cause of the crash and to recommend measures necessary to prevent a recurrence. The SIB will not produce a publicly releasable report. Under the authority delegated to him by the AFSOC commander, the AFSOC vice-commander convened an Accident Investigation Board (AIB) to investigate the matter and to produce a publicly releasable report. The AIB president is Brig. Gen. Donald Harvel, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
In addition to setting forth factual information concerning the accident, the AIB president is required to state in the report his opinion concerning the cause or causes of the accident and describe those factors, if any, that substantially contributed to the accident. After the report has been approved by the AFSOC vice-commander it will be presented to the next-of-kin family of the deceased as well as to seriously injured personnel. After the families have had an opportunity to be personally briefed, the report will be released to the general public.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.