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Prosecutors decide not to indict pilot of Osprey that crashed in Okinawa

  • December 12, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo front-paged a report saying the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office decided on Wednesday not to indict the pilot of the Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Nago, Okinawa, on Dec. 13, 2016. According to the paper, the prosecutors office declined to provide the reason for its decision. The paper wrote that in September the local Japan Coast Guard office sent papers to the prosecutors on the suspected violation of a law against acts that endanger aviation without identifying the pilot because the U.S. military refused to provide his name. According to the paper, Ambassador in Charge of Okinawa Kawamura told prefectural assembly members in October that the U.S. side refused to provide the name of the pilot for privacy reasons. Okinawa Times ran a similar inside-page report. 

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