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U.S. soldier accidentally landed outside range during parachute training

  • September 15, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 29
  • JMH Translation

Tokyo Shimbun learned from the Gotemba City Hall in Shizuoka Prefecture that a U.S. soldier accidentally landed on a site of a private factory outside the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s East Fuji Maneuver Area in the city during parachute training in March. This was discovered in connection with an investigation into an emergency landing by a U.S. military helicopter on the premises of a commercial factory in the same city.


According to the city hall, a U.S. military service member who jumped out of a C-130 transport aircraft stationed at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base (Tokyo) accidentally landed at around 11:00 a.m. on March 22 in the parking lot of an electrical manufacturing company, approximately 100 meters apart from the training area.


“The incident was caused by the soldier miscalculating the wind direction and he was given follow-up training on the procedure,” the U.S. forces reportedly told the city hall. “It is unprecedented for two landing incidents on private premises involving the U.S. military to occur in one year, said a city government official.” “We must call for the U.S. military to take thorough safety measures.”


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