US military chopper window falls off, injures 10-year-old boy in Japan

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US military chopper window falls off, injures 10-year-old boy in Japan

Japan - The boy was playing in a school yard with around 50 other school children

By Reuters

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Published: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 2:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 4:45 PM

A 10-year-old Japanese boy was injured when a window of a US military helicopter flying above, directly fell on a schoolyard in Okinawa, where children were said to be playing.
According to RT news, three US helicopters were flying over an elementary school near the Futenma US military base on Wednesday morning, when a window with frame fell off an American CH-53 aircraft. The window, roughly 3feet wide, landed directly on the school grounds where some 50 children had assembled.
One 10-year-old boy was slightly injured in the left hand in the incident, according to Reuters, citing an official.
The US Marines admitted a helicopter window fell on a children's sports ground, but have not clarified exactly how it happened. The US military also apologised "for any anxiety it has caused the community" and said an investigation into the "regrettable incident" is currently ongoing.
Last week, a US military aircraft dropped an object while flying over a nursery school in the same area. In October, the Japanese Defence Ministry vowed to ground all flights by CH-53E transport helicopters in Okinawa for an 'indefinite period', after one of the aircraft crashed on the island.
The southern island hosts half of the 100,000 US personnel deployed to Japan, including 54,000 military personnel, 42,000 dependents, and 8,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense.

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