A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and U.S. officials said.
The HH-60 rescue helicopter, which belongs to Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base, was on an unspecified training mission when it crashed at Camp Hansen, a U.S. Air Force statement said.
Television footage showed smoke rising from a spot in the forest, with a mangled object that appeared to be the frame of the helicopter ablaze.
The U.S. statement said the cause of the crash was not known, and did not elaborate on the condition of the four crew members on board.
However, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters, citing information he had received, that three crew members ejected from the helicopter and the fourth was apparently injured and taken to hospital.
Onodera said the accident was “regrettable” and that he was asking the U.S. to provide information promptly, conduct a thorough investigation and take preventive measures.
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Comment: Most importantly, glad to hear that no one was killed and hopefully any injuries sustained are minor. Regrettable, most certainly! As for the calls for a "thorough investigation" you'd be better served to think of it for what it will be a "Whitewashing." Any preventive measures will be to blame it on pilot error and after a very brief, so called, "safety" stand down these birds will be flying low over people's housetops, buzzing elementary schools and playgrounds filled with children once again and very soon!