• Kyodo


A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing near a crowded beach in Kanagawa Prefecture shortly before noon Saturday, but no one was injured, police said.

The UH-3H Sea King helicopter landed on an empty lot close to the Katase public beach in Fujisawa, which was packed with sunbathers, police said.

The four crew members were safe and no injuries were reported among people at the beach, according to police. The chopper landed next to a fishing port construction site.

The helicopter, from the U.S. naval air base in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, made the emergency landing after an oil pressure warning light came on, according to the U.S. Navy in Japan.

After an inspection, the chopper took off for Atsugi at around 6:45 p.m.

The sudden appearance of the helicopter surprised the people on the beach, and a crowd gathered around the chopper after it landed.

An official at a local Japan Coast Guard station said the helicopter landed slowly after flying low for a while.

“There was no smoke,” the official said. “Initially I was not aware it was an emergency landing.”

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