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Okinawa governor comments on unscheduled landing of U.S. Navy helicopter

  • January 28, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki commented on the unscheduled landing by a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter in waters off the east coast of Okinawa on Saturday. Okinawa Times quoted the governor as saying: “I feel extremely angry. My view is that it was a crash, because the aircraft was incapable of flying when it went down.” Ryukyu Shimpo quoted him as saying: “The incident was very regrettable and should not have happened.” Both papers wrote that the governor said he plans to call on the U.S. military to investigate the cause of the incident and take measures to prevent a recurrence. The papers also wrote that two MH-60S helicopters belonging to the 7th Fleet arrived at Kadena Air Base on Monday even though the cause of the incident has yet to be determined. Okinawa Times claimed that the U.S. military’s policy on safety is questionable. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that although the prefectural government is considering visiting the U.S. Navy’s fleet operational headquarters in Okinawa, it has no plan to lodge a protest with the 7th Fleet or the U.S. Consulate Naha.


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