Tokyo — Divers from the U.S. military and Japan’s Marine Self-Defense Forces located a significant portion of the fuselage of an Osprey aircraft that crashed last week in southwest Japan, the U.S. Air Force confirmed Monday. The submerged wreckage, which includes the cockpit of the tilt-rotor aircraft, contains the bodies of five of the eight crew members who were on board, the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement.

The statement said the “combined Japanese and United States teams” that have been scouring the waters around the small island of Yakushima “had a breakthrough when their surface ships and dive teams were able to locate remains along with the main fuselage of the aircraft wreckage. The dive teams were able to confirm five additional crew members from the original team of eight that were involved with the crash.”

It said two of the five crew members found in the fuselage Monday had been recovered and there was “an ongoing combined effort to recover the remaining crew members from the wreckage.” The Air Force declined to identify the five people found inside the wreckage on Monday.

Only one of the total eight crew members’ remains had been found before Monday. That person was identified last week by the Air Force as Staff Sgt. Jacob Galliher, 24. The young father from Massachusetts had been assigned to the 43rd Intelligence Squadron as a direct support operator.

The Air Force said the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, its air wing and other assets including unmanned vehicles had joined the search operation. Divers were also taking part in the huge search operation.

Last week’s crash of the U.S. Air Force CV-22 was the first-ever fatal Osprey accident in Japan. The aircraft, assigned to Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, had been on a training flight. It departed from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture but then requested an emergency landing on the tiny island of Yakushima just before crashing off of its shore.

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