Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Schoolboy Injured After Window Falls Off US Military Helicopter

Schoolboy Injured After Window Falls Off US Military Helicopter

An elementary school student in the southern Japanese city of Ginowan was slightly injured after part of a United States military helicopter fell on him, according to the Japanese news network NHK, which reported that the incident took place shortly after 10AM on Wednesday.

The helicopter returned to the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located about 2.3 kilometres (1.4 miles) from the school, immediately after the incident.

Takeshi Onaga, the governor of Okinawa, said: "The safety of children should come first".

Residents complain about what they see as the unfair burden they carry in supporting the USA military presence in Japan.

Last week, a part of another U.S. military helicopter fell on a nearby kindergarten roof, but no-one was hurt.

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The Marines Corps, whose Air Station Futenma is next to the school, has apologised for the "regrettable" incident. The nearest student was about five metres away from the window when it fell, Kyodo reported. The students in the playground at the time were second and fourth graders.

Okinawans are frustrated by the noise, crime and accidents linked to USA bases.

A window fell out of a United States helicopter and landed in a school sports ground in southern Japan in an incident likely to fuel tensions between military and residents.

Given the conflicting opinions, the nursery school has received dozens of telephone calls and emails criticizing it for "telling a lie" or "trying to make up a story".

The boy is said to have suffered minor arm injuries in Tuesday's incident. "I want people on the mainland to think of this as their problem". Another helicopter belonging to Futenma crashed into a nearby university in 2004, injuring three USA crew members.

The Japanese and US Governments have been pushing to relocate the Futenma base from a densely populated area of Ginowan to the less populated Henoko coastal district of Nago, also in Okinawa.

Such accidents have sparked opposition to the United States bases on the strategic island, which would be a launchpad for any American military activity in Asia.

U.S. Marines jump from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter into the Gulf of Aden near the USS Iwo Jima during a training exercise in this undated Department of Defense photo released June 10, 2015.

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