Sensor Alert Lands Pair Of Ospreys In Los Alamos

One of two Ospreys from Cannon Air Force Base that landed today at the Los Alamos County Airport after a sensor indicated a malfunction in a propeller on one of the planes. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Tke Los Alamos Fire Department arrives on scene today after a sensor alert forces two Ospreys from Cannon AFB to land at the local airport. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

A sensor alert forced a pair of V-22 Ospreys to make an unexpected landing this afternoon at Los Alamos County Airport. The pilot told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the two planes from Cannon Air Force Base were flying around the local area, following a visit to Kirtland AFB, when a sensor in one of the planes indicated that there was a propeller malfunction.

Both planes landed to assess the problem. While the Osprey with the problem remained at the airport the other one flew back to Kirtland AFB to pickup a part and technicians and was expected to return later today.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

The V-22 originated from the United States Department of Defense Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing team jointly produce the aircraft.The V-22 first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in the world led to many years of development.

The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it supplemented and then replaced their Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey’s other operator, the U.S. Air Force, fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in transportation and medevac operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.

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The Osprey grounded today with a propeller problem. Photo by Leland Lehman/

One of the Ospreys is spotted this afternoon flying above downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/