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U.S. military helicopter makes precautionary landing in Okinawa

  • January 24, 2018
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Asahi, Mainichi, and Tokyo Shimbun front-paged reports saying that an MCAS Futenma-based AH-1 attack helicopter made a precautionary landing at a municipal heliport on Tonaki Island, which is located about 60 kilometers northwest of Naha, at around 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday. The helicopter’s crew were not injured and there are no reports of injuries or property damage in the local community. According to Japanese government sources, the U.S. military told the GOJ that the aircraft made a precautionary landing in response to a warning light indicating a malfunction in the hydraulic system. The three papers wrote that this is the third incident involving a U.S. military helicopter in Okinawa this year following one on Ikei Island on Jan. 6 and another in Yomitan on Jan. 8. Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei ran similar reports in their inside pages. NHK and all commercial broadcasters aired similar reports this morning.

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