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U.S. military operating Ospreys in Takae after 10:00 p.m.

  • May 20, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times wrote that multiple local residents have recently seen U.S. military Ospreys conducting take-off and landing operations on U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi Village, and low-altitude flights in the region after 10:00 p.m. despite a U.S.-Japan agreement on noise pollution that restricts aircraft operations between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One resident saw two Ospreys flying over a local residential area and woods near the N4 helipads for three hours until 11:00 p.m. on May 12, and another person saw one Osprey repeatedly taking off and landing on the N4 helipads from 8:00 p.m. through 10:40 p.m. on May 13. A helicopter of an unidentified model was also seen landing on the helipads after 10:00 p.m. and taking off at around 10:20 p.m. on May 18. The paper wrote that although flights between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. are restricted under the U.S.-Japan agreement, the accord is apparently becoming ineffective because it is superseded by the U.S. military’s thinking that it is allowed to operate “when necessary.”

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