20-pound US helicopter window falls off mid-flight injuring child in Okinawa


Tokyo The window of a US Marine Corps helicopter fell off mid-flight assimilate a academy arena field, hardly abasing a adolescent on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The adventure is acceptable to ammunition abuse amid locals who appearance the US aggressive brand in southern Japan as both a annoyance and a danger.US Armament Japan said in a account that the window of a CH-53 carriage helicopter fell assimilate a sports acreage Tuesday at an elementary academy alfresco Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The aircraft anon alternate to abject afterwards the incident. USFJ told in an email the window advised 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and abstinent 35 by 34 inches (889 by 864 centimeters). We booty this address acutely actively and are investigating the account of this adventure in abutting allocation with bounded authorities, the account said. This is a afflictive adventure and we apologize for any all-overs it has acquired the community. The adolescent was not actively injured. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Tuesday adventure was unacceptable and apprenticed US armament to abbreviate their appulse on bounded residents. US armament again account these accidents, but they are not alert to our choir at all, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said. We accept lodged protests abounding times, but the business goes on behindhand what we say. The Okinawa people s activity appear American armament can hardly be declared as acceptable neighbors. US account associates accept been accused of assaulting and raping Okinawans. Last month, a US Marine was accused of killing a bounded man in a drunk-driving accident. An broad booze ban amid US servicemen was after imposed, but has aback been lifted. Onaga has been a able adversary of affairs to move Futenma, which is amid in a densely busy allotment of the island, aback his acclamation in 2014. He balked affairs to backpack Futenma to a added alien area, as he wants abject taken off the island altogether. He is accepted to appointment Tokyo Thursday and his appointment has lodged a academic complaint and requested that US armament arrest flight operations until the account of Tuesday s blow is determined.A close historyThe United States active Okinawa from the end of World War II until 1972 and has maintained a abundant aggressive attendance there since, which abounding locals oppose. Previous incidents involving US servicemen accept sparked huge protests in Okinawa and abroad in Japan. The aggregate of US armament in Japan are stationed in Okinawa, and locals accuse they are buck an arbitrary burden.The Pentagon has vowed to abatement its attendance on the island in the advancing years. About a year ago, Washington alternate 9,909 acreage of acreage aback to the Japanese, abbreviation its brand on Okinawa by 17%, according to the US military.The handover was allotment of a beyond plan to eventually acknowledgment all the accessories south of Kadena, area the US maintains a ample air base, and the Futenma base.The US aggressive affairs to move about 4,000 of the 19,000 Marines from Okinawa to the US area of Guam from 2024 to 2028.Adm. Harry Harris, the arch of the US Pacific Command, told Congress beforehand this year the aggressive hopes to abate the cardinal of Marines in Okinawa to 10,000. s Emiko Jozuka contributed to this report

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