Paratrooper's off-base landing on Okinawa angers Shima's mayor
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Army paratrooper landed in a farm on Ie Shima outside an auxiliary airfield’s military area on Wednesday, prompting Ie Shima’s mayor to say he plans to file a protest.
Five paratroopers were training when, in strong winds, one of them landed over the fence of the military area, according to the Naha Bureau of the Defense Facilities Administration Agency.
Officials at the 10th Area Support Group at Torii Station had no immediate comment, a spokeswoman stated in an e-mail Thursday evening.
According to the agency, no one was injured and there was little damage to crops on the farm, but the agency called the 10th Area Support Group to ask the Army to take stricter safety measures to prevent it from happening again.
Saying he plans to protest, Ie Shima Mayor Katsumasa Oshiro said: “Although it was fortunate that no injuries were involved, landing outside the perimeter fence is absolutely dangerous. It was most improper to continue the training after the accident.”