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U.S. military helicopter burns in Okinawa Pref.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A U.S. military CH-53 helicopter is seen in Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, on Thursday morning, following Wednesday’s crash.

Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — A U.S. military transport helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames near a training area in Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday afternoon.

None of the seven crew members or residents were injured, according to the local fire department and others.

The crash occurred at a pasture outside the U.S. military’s Camp Gonsalves training area in the village of Higashi around 5:15 p.m., according to the Defense Ministry and others.

The U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa said a CH-53 helicopter caught fire during flight and made an emergency landing outside Camp Gonsalves and that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

The helicopter had been deployed at the Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in the Okinawa city of Ginowan.

The fire was almost put out by the U.S. military by 8:15 p.m.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on television that the latest crash is extremely regrettable.Speech

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