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U.S. military denies connection between helicopter flight and fallen aircraft part

  • December 9, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Saturday morning’s Tokyo Shimbun wrote that Marine authorities in Okinawa have told the prefectural government that although the small cylindrical object that allegedly fell onto the roof of a kindergarten near MCAS Futenma was part of a CH-53 helicopter, no such component has been found to be missing from any of the CH-53s based at the installation. The U.S. side thus dismissed local speculation that the object fell from a U.S. military aircraft flying in the vicinity at the time.

Meanwhile, the same daily said a part that has been missing since last week from an aerial flare carried by a Yokota-based C-130J cargo plane contains a toxic substance. The Defense Ministry has explained to the Tokyo metropolitan government that although nobody should touch the part, it will not cause any harm as long as it is left on the ground or in the water. 

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