Okinawans take concerns over falling aircraft parts to Tokyo
TOKYO – Okinawans angry about parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have taken their concerns to their nation’s capital.
In December, workers discovered a small part from a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on the roof of Midorigaoka nursery school, about 300 meters from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. A week later, a Super Stallion’s window dropped onto a sports field at nearby elementary school, where more than 50 schoolchildren were playing.
The nursery school’s headmaster, Takehiro Kamiya, told reporters Wednesday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan that 20 to 30 children were playing outside when the cylindrical, 4-inch-long part fell onto their roof.
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