US Marine MV-22 Osprey crashes off east coast of Nago, 2 of 5 crewmembers hurt
December 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
An MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft belonging to the Futenma base in Ginowan crashed into shallow water off the coast of Abu in Nago City at about 10:00 p.m. on December 13.
The aircraft was shattered.
According to a press release from the U.S. marines stationed on Okinawa, five crewmembers aboard the aircraft were rescued and transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital by an HH-60 helicopter belonging to Kadena Air Base.
Two of the crewmembers have injuries.
The governments of the United States and Japan deployed the Osprey to Okinawa against the opposition of local people in October 2012.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has demanded removal of the Osprey. The crash will fuel a backlash from the Okinawan people.
(English translation by T&CT)
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