A U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed Monday in a mountainous area within a base in Okinawa Prefecture, an accident that could further erode local sentiment toward the U.S. military presence.
Japan's Defense Ministry, informed by the U.S. forces of the crash about 2 kilometers from a residential area outside the base, said three of the four crew members aboard the HH-60 rescue helicopter had been confirmed safe. No other details were provided.
There were no reports of injury to local people due to the accident at the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Hansen, according to Okinawa prefectural police.
The U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa said there were at least four people aboard the Kadena-based helicopter, which was conducting a training mission.
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Comment: As of yet, unconfirmed through official sources, there may have been one fatality in this crash.