A United States military helicopter crashed inside a base on the southern island of Okinawa on Monday. The accident occurred in a manoeuvring ground at the U.S. Marine’s Camp Hansen but had no civilian casualties reported as of the moment. The spokesperson for the US military has no comment about the incident as of yet.
An official from inside the base says they still have no information if any military personnel were injured in the crash. Unconfirmed reports say that the aircraft that crashed was a CH-46 helicopter. Video footage from a private broadcaster showed smoke was rising from the mountainside near the base and a local office confirmed that firefighters were dispatched to the location as well. Regardless of the extent of this incident, this will only add more fuel to the anger of local residents over the continued presence of the US military bases on the island.
Just last week, an additional 12 MV-22 Ospreys arrived at the Iwakuni airbase in Yamaguchi from the United States and these aircraft will eventually transferred to Okinawa after undergoing maintenance checks. The aircraft has caused controversy due to its history of failures and crashes in US military service. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has continually asked the government to deploy the Ospreys somewhere else and to lessen the burden of hosting the US bases on the island as well.
[ via Reuters ]