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Accidents continue: U.S. military helicopter makes forced landing on Okinawa

Staff Writer |
A U.S. military AH-1 attack helicopter appears to have made a forced landing Tuesday night on a tiny island in Okinawa Prefecture.

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The incident, which took place around 8 p.m. on Tonaki Island, west of Okinawa's main island, is the latest in a series of accidents and mishaps in the southern island prefecture involving U.S. military aircraft. The two crew members aboard the helicopter were not injured, according to local police.

The U.S. military has told the Japanese government that the helicopter made a precautionary landing after a warning light came on. The AH-1 belongs to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, according to the source.

Japan's central and local governments have expressed concern recently about the frequency of accidents involving U.S. military aircraft in Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan.

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