NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – The number of nighttime flights by U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft at Air Station Futenma in Okinawa more than doubled in the year to the end of March from a year earlier, the Defense Ministry said.
Local residents have expressed concern over noise pollution and the risk of accidents involving the tilt-rotor aircraft, partly because of the proximity of the base to homes and a spate of accidents overseas involving the aircraft since its developmental stage.
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