Military Investigating Dare County Bombing Range Fire, Osprey Damage

The MV-22 Osprey damaged by a grass fire Friday remains at the Dare County bombing range.

Inspections of the aircraft are still ongoing as crews determine how it will return to Cherry Point.

The Osprey was damaged by a grass fire that flared up as it was landing.

4 marines were on board at the time. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the grass fire is under investigation.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (AP) - The Marine Corps says an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft sparked a grass fire at a North Carolina bombing range, resulting in minor damage.

The MV-22 Osprey can take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

The spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point said Friday the aircraft's very hot exhaust ignited the grass fire while it was either taking off or landing. Spokesman Mike Barton says the aircraft may have been slightly scorched, but did not catch fire and was not badly damaged. No injuries were reported.

Barton says the Osprey was on a training mission at a Dare County bombing range used by Navy and Air Force aircraft.

A spokeswoman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base had no immediate information.