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Third Marine Corps helicopter emergency landing this month draws ire on Okinawa

An AH-1Z Viper from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing was brought down at a municipal helipad on Tonaki Island, Marine and Okinawa Defense Bureau officials said.

Mattis apologizes to Japan over string of aircraft mishaps on Okinawa

The United States has apologized to the Japanese government for a recent rash of military aviation mishaps that have sparked fear and anger on the southern island prefecture of Okinawa.


Another US military helicopter forced to make emergency landing on Okinawa

An AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made the emergency landing Monday. It's the second such incident there in three days.


Warning light causes US helicopter to make ‘preventive landing’ on Okinawa

The Marines told Japanese officials that a UH-1Y Venom from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing made a “preventive landing” just after 4 p.m. on an Ikei Island beach after a warning light came on.


Japan’s Cabinet OKs record $46B defense budget in wake of N. Korea threats

North Korea has test-fired more than 20 missiles over and around Japan in the past year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts believe is capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.


Japan to introduce Aegis Ashore missile-defense system to defend North Korean threats

The Japanese government is pushing ahead with plans to boost its missile defenses in response to the growing threat from North Korea.


Marine Corps blames human error for helicopter window falling onto school grounds

The incident occurred Wednesday when a CH-53E Super Stallion’s window inexplicably became separated from the aircraft and landed on an elementary school’s sports field, where more than 50 schoolchildren were playing at the time.


Okinawa governor wants all US aircraft grounded after window fell near schoolchildren

Okinawa’s governor has demanded that all U.S. military aircraft be grounded on the island for safety checks after a Marine Corps helicopter lost a window over an elementary school on Wednesday.


Former Okinawa base worker to appeal murder conviction that gave him life in prison

A former U.S. base worker sentenced to life imprisonment earlier this month for the killing of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman wants to appeal the verdict.


Window from Super Stallion lands on Okinawa elementary school's sports field

The window hit the ground at about 10:10 a.m. at Futenma Daini Elementary School, which is next to the fence line on the northern side of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. There were 30-40 students on the field for physical education class at the time of the incident.


Okinawa-based Marine indicted in fatal crash that killed a Japanese national

An Okinawa-based Marine has been indicted on charges related to a Nov. 19 crash that killed a 61-year-old Japanese national and led to alcohol and liberty restrictions affecting all U.S. servicemembers in Japan.