KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The Air Force on Wednesday practiced for the first time new off-base crash-response guidelines, put in place after a Marine helicopter slammed into a local university in 2004.About 380 Okinawan and U.S. emergency responders and officials participated in the scripted exercise — a scenario in which a small plane crashes as it prepares to land, hitting two civilian cars.

But for all the attention focused on the drill, it’s a common event at Air Force bases worldwide.

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