Wednesday, January 11, 2017

U.S. Army paratrooper lands in Okinawa field

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A U.S. Army paratrooper landed in a private field on an island in Okinawa on Tuesday after jumping from an Osprey transport aircraft, a local official said Wednesday, adding there were no injuries or damage.
    The incident took place after the U.S. military resumed Osprey flights following the crash landing of one of the tilt-rotor aircraft in the southern prefecture in December.
    The paratrooper jumped from the Osprey aircraft at around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday along with five others over the Marine Corps' Ie Shima Training Facility, the official said. He landed 50 meters from the military facility's fence.

    The village office will demand that the Japanese Defense Ministry asks the U.S. military to ensure a similar incident does not happen again, the official said. Okinawa hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

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