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Futenma-based aircraft operate at night outside designated hours

  • August 11, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that a U.S. military plane based at MCAS Futenma operated until 10:51 p.m. on Monday and an MV-22 Osprey arrived at the base at around 11:55 p.m. on Sunday despite the existing U.S.-Japan agreement to restrict U.S. military flights from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. According to the governments of Okinawa Prefecture and Ginowan City, noise levels as high as 99.9 decibels were detected in the Nodake district of Ginowan and a number of local citizens filed complaints with the municipal government. The paper wrote that the U.S. military may continue operating Futenma-based Ospreys until as late as midnight through Aug. 12 based on a Notice To Airmen (NOTAMs) issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The municipal government filed complaints with the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau and the U.S. military via email.

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