A CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma trains over Okinawa, June 7, 2019. LEO AMARO/U.S. MARINE CORPS
A CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma trains over Okinawa, June 7, 2019. LEO AMARO/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Japan calls for inspections, maintenance after Marine Corps helicopter loses window off Okinawa

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japan’s Ministry of Defense is asking U.S. military officials for inspections and maintenance on Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters on Okinawa after a Super Stallion lost a cabin window during a routine flight.

The incident occurred Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., about five miles east of Okinawa’s main island, when a Super Stallion based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma reportedly lost a 23-by-19-inch Plexiglas window, according to spokesmen from Okinawa Defense Bureau and the Marine Corps.

The 2-pound window was reportedly last seen while crew members from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 were flying over water.

No one was hurt and no property damage has been reported, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing spokeswoman Capt. Brianna French wrote in an email Friday to Stars and Stripes.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.596565

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