Jiji Press HIGASHI, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Thursday inspected the site of Wednesday’s crash-landing of a CH-53 U.S. military helicopter in the village of Higashi in the prefecture.
“The accident is regrettable, and I feel sad,” Onaga told reporters.
Onaga is set to urge the Japanese government and the U.S. military to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and halt the operations of CH-53 helicopters.
Seikyu Iju, mayor of the village, separately inspected the accident site on Thursday. Officials of the U.S. military told him that it plans to recover the CH-53 helicopter after carrying out an environmental impact assessment, according to the mayor. The accident caused no damage to nearby agricultural crops, he quoted the officials as saying.Speech