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Okinawa reacts sharply to parts falling off Osprey mid-flight

  • August 14, 2021
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Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to reports on an incident in which a panel and a fairing (external component) fell off a Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when it was flying between the Northern Training Area and the Futenma Air Station. The papers wrote that the U.S. military did not notify the GOJ of the incident until Friday evening, adding that the exact point of impact is not yet known. The military also reportedly told the Japanese side that no injuries or property damage were reported.

 

The papers reported on Sunday that Okinawa Governor Tamaki released a statement on the incident on Saturday. The governor said: “I am very angry about the frequent aircraft incidents. The anxiety and anger of the people of Okinawa are growing. The U.S. military’s notification system is insufficient in view of crisis management. The latest incidents show that there has been no change in the situation at MCAS Futenma since a Futenma-based helicopter crashed on the campus of Okinawa International University 17 years ago.”

 

Sunday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. Marines reportedly told the paper on Saturday that they discovered that the parts were missing from the Osprey when it returned to Futenma. The Marines also reportedly said the aircraft flew over the ocean for most of the flight and that its crew were unable to confirm that the parts were falling.

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