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Glitch behind U.S. chopper landing

Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — The U.S. Marine Corps has found a minor glitch in the electric system of a helicopter that made an emergency landing in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, an informed source has told Jiji Press.

The AH-1 helicopter made the landing in the village of Yomitan in the southernmost prefecture, choosing a site as far away as possible from buildings and places with people, after a cockpit alarm went off during the flight, according to the Marine Corps source.

The attack helicopter returned to the Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Base in Ginowan, also in the prefecture, on Tuesday after a sensor near the tail rotor was replaced and it was confirmed that the aircraft has no structural flaw, the source also said.

The helicopter landed on a waste disposal site about 300 meters from the premises of a hotel Monday afternoon.

The Okinawa prefectural government wants the U.S. military to halt aircraft flights for full emergency checks following a series of incidents involving aircraft at the Futenma base.Speech

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