Complaints from local residents after six CH 46 helicopters fly over Ginowan City

Complaints from local residents after six CH 46 helicopters fly over Ginowan City

Six CH 46 helicopters flew in formation over a residential area in Ginowan City on January 12. (Photograph provided by Ginowan Municipal Office)


January 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, it was confirmed that six CH 46 helicopters that operate out of the United States Marine Corps Air Station Futenma flew in formation over an area of Ginowan City adjacent to the base. These helicopters are rarely known to fly in formation. The Ginowan Municipal Office received five complaints from local residents about the noise generated by the helicopters.

According to the Municipal Office, it was confirmed that the helicopters flew around the city twice that day, first at around 9:50am and then at around 12:25pm, repeatedly taking off and landing. Among the complaints received by the Municipal Office Military Base Liaison Section, some of local residents stated, “The helicopters flew over residential areas, causing disruption in our lives. We request that the U.S. military change this flight path immediately.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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