U.S. helicopter part crashes a Japanese school in Okinowa

CH-53 transport helicopter

A boy was injured in Okinawa, Japan, Wednesday after a metal window frame plummeted from a USA military helicopter known as a Super Stallion, local officials said - the second such incident in the past week on the southern island.

The latest incidents could further fuel opposition to the USA military presence on Okinawa, where about half of 50,000 American troops are stationed and where local residents have expressed concerns about military crime and safety on the island.

The U.S. military resumed flight operations of the CH-53E heavy-lift helicopter a week later without offering an explanation for the cause of the crash.

"This is a regrettable incident and we apologize for any anxiety it has caused the community", the statement added.

The US military confirmed in a statement that the window of one of its helicopters fell onto the sports ground of an elementary school outside the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The incident had sparked huge anti-U.S. military demonstrations, with Okinawa residents reminded of a similar incident in 1995, when three U.S. Marines rented a van, kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl.

Onaga has been a strong opponent of plans to move Futenma, which is located in a densely populated part of the island, since his election in 2014.

The drunk-driving incident followed two high-profile cases of U.S. personnel committing rape and murder.

United States service members have been accused of assaulting and raping Okinawans.

The temporary alcohol ban in response to the crimes was described at the time by USA military officials as a "period of unity and mourning". They are dispersed among 85 facilities on Honshu, Kyushu, and Okinawa.

Roughly half of the 50,000 US troops based in Japan are stationed on the tiny southern island of Okinawa.

This Oct. 2017 photo shows U.S. Forces' CH53E helicopter in Ginowan, Okinawa.

"It is absolutely intolerable", Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga told Senior Vice Defense Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto in Tokyo.

The way the Japanese government responds to accidents involving USA military aircraft doesn't befit a sovereign nation.

The Marine Corps has grounded all CH-53Es based at Futenma for safety checks but a number of other helicopter types were seen departing the base in the morning. However, construction of the new base continues. He also demanded all US military aircraft in the southwestern prefecture be grounded until inspections are completed.

However, Tokyo quickly reversed its decision, stating that the government had been reassured that the U.S. military is "taking reasonable measures" to ensure the safety of its air operations in Japan.

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