February 26, 2024

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The Osprey went down Nov. 29 throughout a coaching mission simply off Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan whereas on its technique to Okinawa.

Members from a number of legislation enforcement businesses pay respects to Pittsfield native and U.S. Air Drive Workers Sgt. Jacob Galliher at Westover Air Reserve Base, Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, in Chicopee, Mass. Galliher was killed throughout a coaching mission when a CV-22 Osprey crashed in Japan, Nov. 29. Hoang “Leon” Nguyen/The Republican by way of AP

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The stays of a U.S. Air Drive workers sergeant from Massachusetts who was one in every of eight service members misplaced when a CV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Japan are being returned residence.

The physique of Jacob “Jake” Galliher, 24, arrived on the Westover Air Drive Base in Chicopee on Friday afternoon for transport in a procession to a funeral residence in his hometown, Pittsfield.

Members of the Pittsfield police and hearth departments, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Workplace, Massachusetts State Police and the Dalton American Legion Riders have been to escort his physique, officers mentioned.

The Osprey went down Nov. 29 throughout a coaching mission simply off Yakushima Island in southwestern Japan whereas on its technique to Okinawa.

Galliher’s stays have been the primary to be discovered. Divers recovered the stays of the seventh of the eight crew members final Sunday.

Galliher’s household issued an announcement on Dec. 2 saying it was in mourning and asking for privateness and prayers for his spouse, two youngsters and different relations.

“Jacob was an unbelievable son, brother, husband, father and good friend to so many. His brief life touched and made higher the lives of a whole bunch, if not 1000’s in Pittsfield, on this area and all over the place he served,” the household mentioned. “Jacob lived to serve his household, his nation and the folks he cherished.”

Every week after the crash, the U.S. navy grounded all its Osprey V-22 plane after a preliminary investigation indicated one thing went improper that was not human error.

The U.S.-made Osprey is a hybrid plane that takes off and lands like a helicopter however can rotate its propellers ahead and cruise a lot quicker, like an airplane, throughout flight.

The crash raised new questions in regards to the security of the plane, which has been concerned in a number of deadly accidents over its comparatively brief time in service. Japan grounded its fleet of 14 Ospreys after the crash.