US military helicopter window fell onto a Japan school sports ground

Vastavam web: A window from a US military helicopter fell onto a school sports ground in southern Japan today, the marines said, apologising for a “regrettable” incident likely to fuel opposition to their presence.There were no immediate reports of injuries from the accident that took place at 10:09am local time at an elementary school near the Futenma marine airbase.”This is a regrettable incident and we apologise for any anxiety it has caused the community,” the military added in a statement, urging local residents to stay clear from where the object landed “for safety purposes”.

The incident comes just two months after an American military chopper burst into flames after landing in an empty field in Okinawa.”This kind of incident causes worries among not only people at the school but all the people in Okinawa and should never happen,” said chief Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga.The Futenma airbase is already a major source of mistrust between Japan’s central government and Okinawa over a wider US military relocation programme signed between Tokyo and Washington in 1996.

Residents want Futenma to be closed and a replacement built elsewhere in another part of Japan or overseas, saying they can no longer live with the noise pollution, accidents and occasional crimes committed by US service members.