US Marine Corps AH-1 Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Okinawa Islands

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US Marine Corps AH-1 Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Okinawa Islands
US Marines Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter (Image: Wikipedia)

A US Marine Corps AH-1 attack helicopter made an emergency landing in Japan’s Okinavwa islands in a second incident in three days.

A Marine Corps AH-1 attack helicopter with two people aboard landed in a field at a waste disposal site in the town of Yomitan on Okinawa's main island, according to Japanese media reports. No injuries were reported, ABC news reported Monday.

Photos showed an apparently intact helicopter parked in a grassy area.

The US side told police that a warning light had indicated a problem with the aircraft, public broadcaster NHK said.

A Marines Corps UH-1Y helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa on Saturday because its rotor appeared to be spinning too fast. No one was injured, but military personnel could be seen removing a large part of the rotor the next day and carting it away.

The incidents are the latest in a series that have inflamed Okinawan opposition to the large US military presence on the southern Japan island chain.

In separate incidents last month, parts fell from U.S. military helicopters onto schools in Okinawa. One boy had minor injuries after an emergency escape window fell from a CH-53 transport helicopter into a school playground in Ginowan city. The school is next to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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