Takae residents request removal of Osprey to ODB in light of recent crash accident
December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition
In light of the crash accident of an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station, residents of Higashi Village and Takae Ward came to the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) to request the removal of Osprey on the morning of December 20. Ward Chief Kumiko Nakamine said that after this Takae residents will be forced to live their daily lives surrounded by helipads, and lives burdened with even more noise and anxiety of aircraft crashes. She went on to say that the only way to ease Takae residents’ anxiety and implement base burden reduction is to remove Osprey.
Director-General of the ODB Koichiro Nakajima made an apology about the accident and spoke in regards to helipad construction. He said that he is aware of the further anxiety residents will feel due to new building of helipad, but asked that residents allow the ODB to make its best efforts.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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