Window Falls from US Marine Chopper onto Okinawa School (News)


Ginowan, Okinawa Pref., Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)—A window frame fell from a US military aircraft on Wednesday onto the grounds of an elementary school in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, leaving one student slightly injured.

The helicopter window frame that landed in the Ginowan elementary school  grounds. (Courtesy Ginowan municipal government; © Jiji.)

According to the prefectural government and other sources, the object that fell on the school adjacent to the US Marine Corps' Futenma air base measured about 90 centimeters square and had been attached to the Marines' CH-53E large transport helicopter.

The incident fueled anger and concerns among local residents, following a similar accident on Thursday, when an object that apparently fell off a US military aircraft was found on the roof of a nursery located about 300 meters from the air station.

"This is terrible and can't be tolerated," Okinawa Governor Onaga Takeshi told reporters after he visited the site of the latest incident.

The Japanese Defense Ministry asked the U.S. military to halt flights of the CH-53E helicopters.

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