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Futenma-based helicopter makes emergency landing on neighboring island

  • October 21, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that a Futenma-based helicopter made what the papers referred to as an emergency landing on Wednesday evening at an airport on Aguni Island, located some 60 km northwest of Naha. No injuries or damage were reported. The CH53-E reportedly landed at the unattended airport when a problem occurred with its flight control system. The local municipality asked the Okinawa Defense Bureau to file a protest with the U.S. military, with Mayor Takara reportedly saying the mishap caused anxiety among residents. According to Ryukyu Shimpo, a U.S. service member at the scene stopped a local policeman from taking photos of the grounded aircraft.

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