U.S. chopper crash report requested


Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh agreed Monday that the U.S. military should release its accident report on a fatal helicopter crash in Okinawa as soon as it has been compiled.

“The people of Okinawa remain worried (about the safety of military operations),” Onodera told Welsh at the Defense Ministry in asking for the quick release of the report. Welsh said the U.S. military will comply.

On Aug. 5, an HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crashed in a mountainous area within the premises of Camp Hansen, killing one of the four crew members.

Tokyo has urged Washington to identify the cause of the accident and come up with preventive measures in an apparent bid to keep anti-base sentiment from growing further in Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of the U.S. military bases in Japan.

  • Not surprised by not being submitted, that’s what they are.
    The Treaty has got the right time to disband, as to see which is becoming no more a thing but bringing complaints or unhappiness on both countries.
    US citizens, seem to take the Treaty, to be some burden held them unreasonably, like a tax eater, only causing unfair loss to the US side.
    They don’t know about Host Nation Support Budget, or lot of criminals what US soldiers ever made in Japan, or Osprey’s flying near the people, lower in Japan, and a filling up plan which is going to repell Dugong from Henoko shore.
    They do care whales but not interested in Dugong, I have no idea how they could ignore it.
    Japanese people, including me, couldn’t bear with being treated like second humans, or seeing US officers acting like they’re still occupying here.
    It’s time to breach it and let each other free, before we exaggerate the hate anymore.
    I believe we have another appropriate country to deal with the Treaty, which is our long time friend and part of Asia, and brothers and sisters are not going to squeeze whose siblings.
    It doesn’t have to be US for us to deal with the security, the contracting party has to be one treating us like humanbeings, or one having a heart.