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NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — Navy officials are investigating what caused a warning light to illuminate on a UH-3H Sea King, causing a precautionary landing near the town of Enoshima around 11:50 a.m. Saturday.

No one on the ground or in the helicopter was injured, officials said. A precautionary landing means the pilot retains control over the aircraft and can wait to land in a safe location. The helicopter, which was not carrying passengers at the time, later returned to Atsugi, officials said.

The incident was the fourth reported unplanned landing in the past year for U.S. forces in Japan.

In May, an Air Force helicopter from Yokota Air Base landed at a ski resort near Mount Fuji. In February, an Army Black Hawk from Camp Zama landed at a college in Kanagawa Prefecture. Both also were precautionary landings, versus emergency or crash landings in which the pilot is forced to land immediately.

Last August, a Marine Corps helicopter in Okinawa made an emergency landing and clipped the side of a university building on its descent, records show.


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