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Air Force pilot from Andover killed in Osprey aircraft crash in Japan

A Minnesota native is among the eight U.S. Air Force members killed in an Osprey aircraft crash off the coast of an island in southern Japan last week, the Air Force announced Tuesday.

Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, 32, of Andover, was an instructor pilot on the aircraft - an Osprey CV-22B. The vehicle acts like a helicopter but can also rotate its propellers to act like a plane mid-flight.

The crash happened last Wednesday following an "aircraft mishap" during a routine training mission, the Air Force said in a news release. It took place off the shore of Yakushima, a mountainous island known for its lush forests that inspired the setting for the animated movie "Princess Mononoke."


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