Engine Cover Falls Off Osprey Forcing Emergency Landing

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft lost an outer engine cover while hauling troops from northern Virginia and made an emergency landing at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

The aircraft, which can hover like a helicopter and flies like a plane, landed safely at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Airport manager Jim Turcotte said the Osprey was carrying a four-person flight crew and 15 Marine passengers. Officials said no one was injured.

Major Shawn Haney at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point said the Osprey was one of four flying from a Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.

A piece of the exterior covering of the right engine intake assembly fell off and forced the unscheduled landing. A resident of the area found the cover.