Crash of U.S. helicopter results in protests
August 7 , 2013
Japan has demanded Washington to stop flying its HH-60 helicopters, one of which crashed yesterday in Okinawa. Defense minister Itsunori Onodera said "we have asked the U.S. to not fly the same aircraft until they find out the cause of the accident and take preventive steps."
Previous reports had suggested that all four members in the helicopter had survived but according to a new report, remains have been discovered near the crash site and the search for a missing crew member is thus being ended. The rest of the members are hospitalized in stable condition.
The residents of the area are against the deployment due to safety concerns and crashes. Following this crash, the U.S. military postponed sending 10 or more Ospreys to the Futenma facility in Okinawa.