U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

U.S. military helicopter crash leaves scar on hillside near Okawa Dam

The spot where a Kadena-based HH-60 helicopter crashed on August 5. The incident occurred near the long and narrow stretch of water at Okawa Dam. There is the Ginoza Dam on the sea-side of the location and residential areas behind it. (Photograph taken by Futoshi Hanashiro, at 2:40 p.m. on August 10.)


August 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of August 10, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer took a picture of the spot in the Central Training Area, Ginoza, where a Kadena-based HH-60 helicopter crashed on August 5. The slope of the forest near the landing strip was exposed in the fire caused by the crash. From his helicopter the photographer could also see the area where the trees had been burnt to a reddish brown near the Okawa Dam, a source of drinking water for local residents.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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An area of forest was laid bare by a blaze caused by the HH-60 helicopter crash. The Okawa Dam is at the lower-right corner of the slope, in the Central Training Area, near Camp Hansen, Ginoza. (Photograph taken by Futoshi Hanashiro, at 2:40 p.m. on August 10.)

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