Okinawan villagers to file complaint over Marine Corps aircraft mishap
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawan villagers plan to file a complaint with the U.S. military after a Marine Corps aircraft dropped a tire while training this week.
A Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter was lifting tires during external cargo lift training Wednesday when a tire detached and fell to the ground near a landing zone in a designated U.S. military training area within Okinawa’s Central Training Area, a Marine Corps statement said. No one was hurt and there was no damage to local homes, businesses or the aircraft.
Marine officials said the training is done over designated areas to ensure the local population’s safety. The mishap’s cause is under investigation.
Ginoza village officials, who claim the landing zone is near a residential area, say they will file a complaint in hopes that the training will be moved.
“We have repeatedly asked the military to avoid using landing zones that are close to residential areas,” a village spokesman said. “The closest home to the landing zone is only about 330 yard away.”
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