TOKYO — A search continued Saturday for seven lacking army personnel following the crash of an Osprey off the coast of southern Japan, and a physique pulled from the ocean was formally recognized.
Air Power Workers Sgt. Jacob Galliher of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was formally recognized by the the Air Power Particular Operations Command on Saturday, after tributes had begun pouring within the day earlier than.
His household issued a press release Saturday saying it was in mourning and asking for privateness and prayers for his spouse, two youngsters and different relations.
“Jacob was an unimaginable son, brother, husband, father and pal to so many. His quick life touched and made higher the lives of lots of, if not 1000’s in Pittsfield, on this area and in every single place he served,” the household mentioned. “Jacob lived to serve his household, his nation and the folks he beloved.”
Galliher was the one crew member recovered whereas the others remained lacking after the crash on Wednesday off Yakushima Island. Members within the search operation Saturday included the U.S army, Japanese Self Protection Power, Coast Guard, legislation enforcement and civilian volunteers.
“We wish to guarantee our air commandos’ households that our efforts will proceed and embody each potential functionality at our disposal,” mentioned Rear Adm. Jeromy Williams, Pacific commander for the Particular Operations Command.
The reason for the crash, which occurred throughout a coaching mission, was beneath investigation.
U.S. Air Power Particular Operations Command mentioned the CV-22B Osprey was one in all six deployed to Yokota Air Base, residence to U.S. Forces Japan and the Fifth Air Power, and assigned to the 353rd Particular Operations Wing.
The Osprey is a tilt-rotor plane that takes off and lands like a helicopter however can tilt its propellers horizontally to fly like an airplane whereas aloft. U.S. Osprey operations continued in Japan, however the remaining 5 Ospreys from the squadron concerned in Wednesday’s crash weren’t flying, officers mentioned Friday.