US military investigating Okinawa chopper accident

From NHK

The US military is continuing its investigation of a helicopter accident in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

A CH-53 transport helicopter from the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station made an emergency landing and burst into flames on Wednesday in a privately owned field in Higashi Village. The site is near a training area for the US military.

On Friday morning, US officials took photos and video of the wreckage. Personnel from Japan's Defense Ministry were seen observing the investigation.

Okinawa prefectural officials say hazardous materials, including radioactive substances, may have been scattered in the accident. The aircraft's rotors reportedly contain radioactive strontium.

But the officials cannot enter the accident site without the consent of the US side because of the Japan-US status of forces agreement. They are planning to conduct environmental checks in the neighborhood after gaining consent.
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