Pilots' widows declare they're vindicated by new Pentagon letter on two-thousandth Osprey crash

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 3:47 AM

Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were flying the revolutionary aircraft when it crashed April eight, two thousand during an exercise in Marana, and for sixteen years their widows had challenged the Defense Department’s decision that pilot mistake was the primary cause, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

Pilots' widows declare they're vindicated by new Pentagon letter on two-thousandth Osprey crash

A letter from a top Pentagon official has brought consolation to the widows of two Marine pilots at the controls of a MV-22 Osprey that crashed in the AZ desert sixteen years ago, killing nineteen Marines.

Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were flying the revolutionary aircraft when it crashed April eight, two thousand during an exercise in Marana, and for sixteen years their widows had challenged the Defense Department’s decision that pilot mistake was the primary cause, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

Presently Connie Gruber and Trish Brow declare they've been vindicated. In an different move, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work acknowledged in a letter latest mo that “it’s impossible to point to a single ‘fatal factor’ that caused this crash.”

“It’s just a burden lifted,” Gruber, of N Carolina, told the paper. “Because for all these years, we’ve had to perceive the wt of, not only did they cause their own deaths, but the deaths of seventeen other Marines. That was tough to bear.”

She added, “They couldn't rest in peace until this record was set straight.”

Brow said Work’s letter softened the sting of this year’s anniversary of the crash.

“It’s not quite as painful,” she told the paper. “There’s not quite the injustice.”

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N. C.) told the Union-Tribune the pilots were convenient targets because the Pentagon needed the troubled Osprey program to continue and succeed.

“It was too simple to let the blame be on those who can’t defend themselves, so the plane can’t be accused and the software can’t be blamed,” Jones said.

The Osprey performs love an airplane and a helicopter but became controversial over its performance and cost. Since the crash, the U. S. used the Osprey frequently on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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