Residential complaints ignored, Ospreys continue to take off and land in the middle of the night

August 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Between 10:10 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. on August 3, Ospreys conducted takeoff and landing practice on the Falcon, the helicopter takeoff and landing strip in U.S. military Camp Hansen near a residential area in Shirohara Ward, Ginoza Village.

Takeoff and landing practices have been conducted every day at all hours of the day at the Falcon, causing the local residents to suffer from the noise and vibrations.

According to the Head Chief of Shirohara Ward, Hidemasa Sakihama who witnessed the takeoff and landing of Ospreys, two or three Ospreys circled around and took off and landed about five times.

Up until now, Shirohara Ward has requested the removal of the Falcon, the cancelation of low altitude and night time flights, and has repeatedly complained to the U.S. military via the Okinawa Defense Bureau.

(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)

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