Governor Onaga says Osprey accident like the crash off Australia’s coast was “bound to happen”

Governor Onaga says Osprey accident like the crash off Australia’s coast was “bound to happen”

At around 9:00 a.m. on August 7 at the prefectural office, Governor Onaga answers questions from a group of reporters concerning the August 5 crash of an Osprey from Futenma Air Station off the eastern coast of Australia.


August 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

 

On the morning of August 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga was approached by a group of reporters on his way to work. He answered their inquiries concerning the MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Futenma Air Station that crashed off the eastern coast of Australia on August 5. Onaga said that such accidents are bound to happen, putting it down to the Osprey being an awful aircraft.

Accidents like this have happened repeatedly, including in Hawaii in 2015 and on the coast of Abu, Nago City, last December. Onaga criticized the Japanese government’s handling of these circumstances, saying that it is not properly exercising its involvement or carrying out its duties, as currently nothing has been said from investigations into the cause of the accidents.

In order to protest the accident Onaga called Tsukasa Kawada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Okinawa Liaison Office’s ambassador in charge of Okinawan Affairs, and Koichiro Nakajima, the director-general of the Okinawa Defense Bureau, to the Okinawa Prefectural Office on the evening of August 7.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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