Marine Corps officials released information Thursday morning about an Osprey aircraft that made a precautionary landing Wednesday night in Pender County, sparking a brush fire.
The precautionary landing happened on a training run. When the Osprey was restarted, grass around the aircraft caught on fire. The flames damaged the aircraft's exterior, so it is being evaluated to see how to best return it to New River. No one was hurt.
The Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane, can carry more cargo and fly five times farther at speeds around 300 miles per hour.
The program's future fell into doubt for a time after four Marines died in a 2000 crash in North Carolina and 19 were killed in a crash that same year in Arizona.