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    Smile [Accident Report] US military accidents in 1972 to 2000 in Okinawa, Japan

    (Maybe someone in this forum will tell us more about, for example, the invovled aircraft serial number or units?)

    The Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City official site in Japanese at
    http://www.city.ginowan.okinawa.jp/h...d?OpenDocument
    and another site in Japanese at
    http://www.jca.apc.org/~sei-u/hitots...a/crashed.html
    have tables of Futenma- and Kadena-based US military aircraft accidents and crashes, from 1972 (Shouwa 47) to 2000 (Heisei 12).
    No wonder the Okinawa natives are always restless.

    4 August 2000:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, at Futenma AB, an US KC-130 Hercules made an emergency landing, with the number 2 engine on its left wing stopped.
    No one was wounded.

    18 April 2000:
    In Ehime Prefecture, Misaki Town, an US AH-1 Cobra made an emergency landing on a beach, because of engine trouble.
    Its two crew were not wounded.

    10 April 2000:
    In Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Futaoi Island, two US helicopters made emergency landings, because of poor visibility and strong winds, while flying from Iwakuni AB to Kinkai.
    No one was wounded.

    11 August 1999:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Higashimura Village, an USMC UH-1N Iroquois made an emergency landing in an outdoor sports ground, because of engine oil leak.
    It belonged to Futenma AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    No one was wounded.

    19 April 1999:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, near Kunigamimura Village, an USMC CH-53E Sea Stallion crashed into the sea, during a night training sortie.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    Three killed and bodies recovered, one missing.

    23 July 1998:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginozamura Village, an USMC UH-1N crashed.
    It belonged to the 31st MEU, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    Four lightly wounded.

    14 May 1997:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, an US CH-53E dropped a gearbox cover panel that weighed 2 kg into the sea. Exact location unknown.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    15 October 1996:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, an USMC KC-130 leaked 380 litres from its fuel tank, during an engine test near Futenma AB.
    It belonged to the 152nd Airlift and Refuelling Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    2 October 1996:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, at night, an US CH-46 Sea Knight made an emergency landing on the coast before the Kayou Primary School, because of engine trouble, while it was returning to Futenma AB from the northern exercise range.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    4 November 1995:
    In Yamaguchi Prefecture, Miwa Town, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in a grass field, because an engine warning light came on, while it was flying to Iwakuni AB.
    It belonged to the 262nd Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    27 July 1995:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Chinen Village, an USMC CH-46 made an emergency landing in a construction site, after its oil pressure low warning light came on.
    It belonged to the 226th Medium Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    14 July 1995:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kitanakagusukumura Village, an US UH-1N dropped a spare helmet and it hit a civilian house.
    It belonged to an unit that rotated to Futenma AB from California, USA.

    19 May 1995:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Chinen Village, an US UH-1N made an emergency landing, after its oil pressure system warning light came on.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    11 April 1995:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, near Desuna Island, one or more flares droppd by an US C-130 supporting a night training mission landed in residential area in Tonaki Village, about 4 km away.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    16 November 1994:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, at Henoko USMC Base, an US UH-1N crash-landed.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    One killed, four heavily wounded.

    11 June 1994:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Katsurenchou Town, an USMC CH-53E mistakenly landed in a farm on Tsuken Island, and damaged the crops.
    It belonged to the 262nd Helicopter squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    6 April 1994:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, at Futenma AB, an US CH-46 crashed, while practising take-off and landing on the runway. It broke into two, and its debris fell up to 100 m away.
    It belonged to the 262nd Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.
    Its four crew got out by themselves.

    7 December 1993:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kitanakagusukumura Village, an US UH-1 helicopter dropped some rescue equipment that weighed 16 kg onto the prefectural highway 146.
    It belonged to the 369th Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    28 September 1993:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, an US helicopter landed and took off on Abu Oorutou Island.

    14 September 1993:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kinchou Town, an USMC CH-53 hoisting a crane vehicle dropped the vehicle in the Camp Hansen exercise range, because of strong winds.
    It belonged to the 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    20 October 1992:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, at Futenma AB, an US CH-46 crashed.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    No one was wounded, but it crashed close to residential area. The Futenma Number 2 Primary School was fewer than 500 m away.

    7 March 1992:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginozamura Village, an US AH-1J crashed in Camp Hansen.
    When it was landing, its landing skid was damaged, caused it to lose balance, and landed on its side. Part of its rotor, 45 kg weight, landed in the Ginoza Ookawa Dam construction site.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    No one was wounded.

    11-12 January 1991:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, near Yomitanmura Village, an US CH-53, while flying from Torii Communication Station to Iejima Island, and transporting four boxes of supplies in its sling, it dropped one box, 1,300 lb weight, into the sea near Yomitanmura Village.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    29 November 1989:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, near Nago City, about 10:50, an USN SH-2F crashed into the sea, about 2-3 km southeast of Henokomisaki.
    Its three crew: two rescued, one missing.

    7 June 1989:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Yomitanmura Village, at Yomitan AP, an US CH-46 crashed, on the east runway, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    30 May 1989:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, southeast of Itoman City, at night, an US CH-46 crashed into the sea, about 32 km south of Kyanmisaki.
    It belonged to the 265th Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    14 missing.

    3 May 1989:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Sashiki Town, an US CH-53D made an emergency landing in a vegetable farm, near some civilian houses, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    20 March 1989:
    In South Korea, near Po Hang City, in hill/mountain region, an US CH-53D crashed, during the South Korea-US joint military exercise Team Spirit 89.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    22 killed, 15 heavily wounded.

    15 March 1989:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, about 18 km south of Iemura Village, an US HH-3 SAR helicopter crashed, into the sea.
    It belonged to Kadena AB.
    Three killed.

    31 October 1988:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, in the exercise range north of Higashimura Village, two US CH-46s collided. One crashed in the exercise range, on the east side of Iyudake Mountain, and caught fire. The other returned to Futenma AB.
    Both belonged to Futenma AB.
    Four killed.

    25 June 1988:
    In Ehime Prefecture, Nishiuwagun County, Ikata Town, in hill/mountain region, an US CH-53 crashed, while returning from Iwakuni USMC Base, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    Seven killed.

    19 April 1988:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, an US KC-130 made an emergency landing at Naha AP, while flying from Atsugi AB to Futenma AB. The runway was closed for 34 minutes.

    29 February 1988:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Urasoe City, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in the Urasoe Shimin Ground, about 1.6 km north of Makiminato Service Area, while flying between Futenma AB and Makiminato Service Area, after an instrument warning light came on.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    11 July 1987:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigamimura Village, an USMC AH-1J made an emergency landing in a grass field, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to the 36th Wing, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    16 May 1987:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigamimura Village, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing on a farm road, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    6 April 1987:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Yonashiromura Village, an US CH-53 made an emergency landing in a park, because of instrument abnormality.
    It belonged to the 361st Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    9 October 1986:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, at Naha AP, an USMC AH-1J made an emergency landing on the grass beside the runway, because of oil pressure system abnormality.
    It belonged to the 36th Wing, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    20 September 1986:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kinchou Town, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in a millet field near the Nakagawa Primary School, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to the 364th Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    23 July 1986:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nakagusukumura Village, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in an open space, because a warning light came on.
    It belonged to the 364th Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    12 July 1985:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, near Kunigamimura Village, near the Benoki Dam, an USMC CH-53 crashed in the hills.
    It belonged to the 361st Helicopter Squadron, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    Four killed.

    24 May 1985:
    In Kagoshima Prefecture, Ooshimagun County, Yamatomura Village, two USMC CH-46s and one USMC CH-53D made emergency landings in an open space, because of poor weather.
    They belonged to the 36th Wing, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    6 May 1985:
    In Kagoshima Prefecture, south of Yakushima Island, a USMC CH-53D crashed into the sea, while returning to Futenma AB from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    It belonged to the 462nd Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    17 killed.

    3 October 1984:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, an US CH-53D dropped a door, while flying from Camp Schwab to the exercise range near Kunigamimura Village.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    14 June 1984:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, an USMC CH-53 made an emergency landing in a fishing port, because of heavy rain, while returning to Futenma AB from Iejima Island.
    It belonged to the 363rd Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    2 November 1983:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nishihara Town, an USMC UH-1N made an emergency landing in a residential construction site, because of gear system trouble.
    It belonged to the 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    6 July 1983:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, an US CH-53 made an emergency landing in an open space, because of oil pressure system trouble.
    It belonged to the 462nd Airlift Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    27 August 1982:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Chatan Town, an US CH-53 made an emergency landing in the old Hamby AP.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    19 August 1982:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, at Futenma AB, an US UH-1N crashed on the runway, about 200 m from the Futenma Number 2 Primary School.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    20 July 1982:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikawa City, an US UH-1N made an emergency landing in a residential area.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    2 October 1980:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, at Futenma AB, an OV-10 crashed on the runway.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    One killed, one wounded.

    25 April 1980:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ishikawa City, an US helicopter made an emergency landing in the Ishikawa Power Plant, because of engine trouble.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    22 June 1979:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nago City, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in a farm field, while returning to Futenma AB from Camp Schwab.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    23 October 1978:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Katsurenmura Village, an US CH-46 dropped a door, about 50 m from the coast.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    23 October 1978:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikawa City, an USMC CH-46 made an emergency landing on the coast, because of flight control trouble.
    It belonged to the 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    18 October 1978:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikawa City, an USMC CH-53 made an emergency landing in an open space near the coast, because of tail rotor trouble.
    It belonged to the 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    26 May 1978:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikawa City, an USMC helicopter dropped a windshield glass, while returning to Futenma AB from Camp Courtney.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    3 March 1978:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kitanakagusukumura Village, an USMC CH-46 crashed into the sea about 150 km north of Camp Zukeran, while flying to Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    Four killed.

    9 November 1977:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginozamura Village, an USMC CH-46 made an emergency landing in a grass field and damaged the crops, because of engine trouble, while flying to the northern exercise range.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    It had 17 crew.

    8 March 1977:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kinmura Village, an US helicopter made an emergency landing at Camp Hansen, about 40 m from the Okinawa Highway, during a night sortie.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    8 March 1977:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikamimura Village, an US UH-1N made an emergency landing in a farm field, for a safety check.
    It belonged to the 367th Helicopter Squadron, based at Futenma AB.

    2 March 1977:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Gushikamimura Village, an US CH-46 made an emergency landing in a millet field, because of poor weather.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    24 June 1975:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigamimura Village, in the Aha Dam construction site, an USMC CH-46 hit a wire rope for transporting construction materials, crashed, and caught fire.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    Three killed.

    17 January 1974:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nakagusukumura Village, an USMC UH-1E made an emergency landing, about 60 m from a Touyou petroleum base and civilian factories.
    It belonged to the 367th Helicopter Squadron, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    5 December 1973:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nishiharamura Village, an USMC CH-46 crashed in a Shima Industries construction site, about 300 m from some petroleum storage tanks.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    One Shima Industries car was damaged, and nearby millet fields were burnt.
    Four killed, one heavily wounded.
    During the rescue, one Shima Industries worker was lightly wounded.

    19 September 1973:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Minamiooshimamura Village, an USMC CH-53 made an emergency landing at the closed Minamidaitou AP, after it and a C-130 both had some trouble in mid-air.
    The CH-53 belonged to the 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    19 September 1973:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Nishiharamura Village, an USMC AH-1J made an emergency landing in a millet field. This and the consequent rescue operation damaged the crops.
    It belonged to the 64th Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.

    8 August 1973:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, in Kunigamimura Village, a CH-46 made an emergency landing in a farm field, after it hit power lines near the Aha coast. This caused a power black-out for about three hours in Kunigamimura Village.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.

    2 August 1973:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, in Kunigamimura Village, an USMC CH-46 crashed on the Iyudake Mountain.
    It belonged to the 164th Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, USMC, based at Futenma AB.
    Three killed, one missing.

    4 December 1972:
    In Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan City, an US OV-10 dropped a fuel tank into the Okinawa International University construction site, and it cracked a concrete-and-steel wall under construction. At least one worker was splashed by gasoline.
    It belonged to Futenma AB.
    Last edited by Don Chan; 25th May 2005 at 04:13. Reason: Correct typo.

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    Isn't this wonderful....these records are available for the "people".
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    Don...
    I hate to tell you but a C-130 landing with one engine out or helicopters making precautionary landings aren't crashes...or even much of an event.


    Do you have similar records of Chinese military crashes/incidents?
    Didn't think so.
    Last edited by J Boyle; 26th May 2005 at 04:36.
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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    ] Do you have similar records of Chinese military crashes/incidents?

    Yes, see
    http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sea...earchid=201369

    But unless reported by authoritative news sites, such as the Xin Hua News Agency, the reliability of reports of PLA/PLAAF/PLAN, as well as ROCA/ROCAF/ROCN, accidents and crashes is doubtful, because some reports and even accident photos of PLA/PLAAF/PLAN accidents and crashes might be composed or photoshopped by, for example, Taiwanese hecklers.

    ] a C-130 landing with one engine out isn't a crash...or even much of an event.

    A C-130 landing with one engine out isn't a crash. It can be an emergency, off-schedule landing.

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    [QUOTE=Don ChanA C-130 landing with one engine out isn't a crash. It can be an emergency, off-schedule landing.[/QUOTE]

    True, it's a precautionary landing but not an "accident" as the message heading states....
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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    Unhappy Add data.

    The Machida City (part of Tokyo) official site in Japanese at
    http://www.city.machida.tokyo.jp/shi...kyou/jyokyo05/
    has a table of military aircraft accidents and crashes, from Shouwa 35 (1960) to Heisei 11 (1999), in and about Machida City.

    5 May 1999:
    An US C-130 dropped a sandbag, weight 7 kg, near the Oyama Primary School, in Oyamachou, Machida City, Tokyo.
    Roof damaged.

    14 November 1997:
    A JGSDF helicopter made emergency landing in Kamitsuruma, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    No damage.

    22 June 1992:
    An US C-130 dropped something in Miyash*ta, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Roof damaged.

    7 September 1989:
    An US UH-1 made emergency landing in Shimotsuruma, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Vegetation damaged.

    26 October 1987:
    An US P-3C dropped something in Minamirinkan, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Ventilation fan cover of civilian house damaged.

    25 February 1982:
    An US helicopter made emergency landing in Camp Fuchinobe, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    No damage.

    27 September 1977:
    An US RF-4B crashed in Edachou, Midori Ku (now Aoba Ku), Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Crew ejected. Two killed, seven wounded. One of the wounded died in January 1982.
    20 houses destroyed or damaged.

    9 May 1978:
    An US helicopter made emergency landing in Nishioonuma, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    No damage.

    10 July 1970:
    An US jet aircraft dropped something in Oonuma, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Glasses and roof damaged.

    24 June 1967:
    An US jet aircraft dropped something in Fukami, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    No damage.

    5 May 1965:
    An US F-105 crashed in an US military residential area, in Kamitsuruma, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Pilot ejected. Three Americans killed, seven wounded. One Japanese wounded.
    Two American houses destroyed.

    8 September 1964:
    About 10:58, an US F-8U crashed at the Tateno Metal Factory in Kamisouyagi, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture, because of engine problem.
    It belonged to the USN aircraft carrier CVA-31 USS Bonhomme Richard.
    The factory owner Tateno Masamori's first son (25), third son (19), and a worker were killed instantly. The second son (23) and another worker died at the hospital. Three others were wounded.
    Four houses, including the factory, were destroyed. Six houses were damaged.

    5 April 1964:
    An US F-8U crashed in 2 Choume, Haramachida, Machida City, Tokyo.
    Pilot ejected. Four killed, 32 wounded.
    27 houses destroyed or damaged.
    Back then, Machida City population was 96,891.

    16 January 1964:
    An US F-8U crashed in Sagamidai, Zamamachi (now Sagamigaoka, Zama City).
    Glasses and roof of civilian house(s) damaged.
    Pilot killed.

    5 December 1960:
    An US F-4D crashed in Tana, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Pilot killed.
    Last edited by Don Chan; 27th June 2005 at 11:49.

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    A personal site in Japanese at
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_05.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_04.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_03.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_02.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_01.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_00.html
    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko_99.html
    have tables of JSDF and US military aircraft accidents and crashes, from 1999 to 2005, in Japan.

    4 October 2004:
    About 14:45, two USAF F-15C, number 85-0093 and 85-0098, collided, about 200 km south of Okinawa Island, Okinawa Prefecture.
    They belonged to the 12th Fighter Squadron, home-based at Elmendorf AFB, USA.
    About 14:53, both fighters made emergency landings at Kadena AB.
    The pilots were not wounded.
    On 85-0093, its left wing and left horizontal stabiliser were damaged.
    On 85-0098, its right tail fin lost its top 1/4, and its left tail fin lost its top 1/3.

    13 September 2004:
    A JASDF F-4EJ Kai, number 17-8302, dropped its rear canopy, into the ocean, soon after it took off at 8:52 from Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    It belonged to the 302nd Hikoutai.
    It returned to base and made emergency landing. The runway was closed for some minutes, affecting seven civilian flights.
    The canopy was found in the ocean, about 5 km south of Naha AB.

    19 August 2004:
    About 9:57, an USAF UH-1N, number 69-6639, made emergency landing at a heliport in the Rinkou Park, Minato Mira, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
    Its seven crew were not wounded.
    It belonged to the 459th Airlift Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing, based at Yokota AB.
    About 9:30, it took off from Yokota AB, flew about, and was returning to base when it had engine problem.
    The engine problem could not be fixed at the heliport. A barge with a crane, number YCV-19, came from Yokosuka USN Base, and took the helicopter to the Yokohama North Dock.

    http://www.geocities.jp/hggcm317/jiko2004usaf.html
    has a photo of the accident aircraft.

    13 August 2004:
    About 14:15, an USMC CH-53D, number 157742, crashed and caught fire in the Okinawa International University campus in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture.
    It belonged to HMM-256.
    Its three crew: one heavily wounded, two lightly wounded.
    It took off from and was returning to MCAS Futenma.
    About 21:00, the USMC chief commander and the US ambassador in Japan went to the Okinawa prefectural government and apologised.
    On 16-17 August 2004, a trailer truck took the wreck to MCAS Futenma.

    21 July 2004:
    A JGSDF AH-1S, number 73458, crashed in the Kita Fuji Enshuujou (North Fuji Exercise Range), near Fuji Yoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture.
    It belonged to the 4th Tai Sensha Helicopter Tai.
    Its two crew: one was lightly wounded and taken to hospital.
    It landed on its left side in a forest.
    Its rotor blades and vertical fin were damaged.

    12 July 2004:
    A JASDF F-4EJ Kai, number 47-8338, was taking off at Nyuutabaru AB, when it spinned around and stopped partly outside the runway.
    It belonged to the 302nd Hikoutai.
    Its two crew were lightly wounded.
    Fire trucks extinguished its fire.

    24 June 2004:
    About 10:00, a JASDF T-4, number 16-5657, dropped its wing-mounted fuel tanks, into the sea about 63 km north of Komatsu AB.
    It belonged to Komatsu AB.
    At 9:52, it took off from Komatsu AB for a training sortie.
    It entered G Training Area, and about 10:02, it dropped its left wing-mounted fuel tank. While loitering in the area to assess the circumstances, it dropped its right wing-mounted fuel tank. Then it returned to base.
    After noon, an U-125A SAR plane found one fuel tank, and the fin(s) of the other fuel tank, in that area. The Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel Kurobe recovered them.

    18 June 2004:
    About 9:10, a JGSDF UH-1H crashed in a forest in Saigouchou, Shimane Prefecture.
    It belonged to the Chuubu Houmen Koukuutai, based at Yao JGSDF Base.
    It landed on its side and caught fire.
    Its four crew left the helicopter before it caught fire, and were lightly wounded.
    It was one of two helicopters that took off from Miho AB, and flying to Oki AP.
    Local weather was heavy rain, visibility 1 km, and wind speed 7 m from the south.

    23 February 2004:
    About 9:55, two JGSDF AH-1S, number JG-3454 and JG-3474, collided and crashed above Aomineyama (peak height 336 m), between Toba City and Isobemachi, Mie Prefecture.
    They belonged to Akeno JGSDF Base.
    On JG-3454, Captain Nakata Katsuya (47) and 1st Lieutenant Takase Seiki (29) were killed.
    On JG-3474, Captain Yagi Masataka (30) and trainee Captain Itou Hideyuki (41) were heavily wounded.
    Tsu City reported local weather was strong winds. Toba City reported local weather was wind speed 7 m.

    21 May 2003:
    About 11:25, a JMSDF U-36A, number 9202, crashed, at Iwakuni AB, while practising take off and landing.
    It belonged to the 91st Koukuutai, 31st Koukuugun, based at Iwakuni AB.
    It landed on its side and caught fire.
    Its four crew were killed: pilot Lieutenant Junior Grade Hasegawa Masanori (27), co-pilot Ensign Miura Masakazu (25), Midshipman Kawabe Gen (52), Petty Officer Third Class Honda Takuto (20).
    At 9:00, it took off, and flew above the Japan Sea until 10:45.
    Then it returned to base and practised take off and landing.
    Local weather was windless, and the aircraft had no mechanical problem.
    The JMSDF concluded the cause as turbulence left by an US-1A that was also practising touch-and-go on the runway, 28 seconds before the accident.

    26 January 2003:
    An USAF U-2S crashed in ROK.
    (Details skipped.)
    On 19 June 2003, the USAF accident report concluded the cause as engine problem.

    14 September 2001:
    About 11:50, JMSDF T-5 trainer, number 6331, disappeared above the Kanmon Oohashi bridge in the Kanmon Strait, near Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    It belonged to the 201st Kyouiku Koukuutai, Oduki Kyoukuugun, JMSDF.
    JMSDF UH-60J and vessels, and JASDF Ashiya Kyuunantai MU-2 and V-107 searched for it.
    At 9:15, it took off from Oduki AB, but was returning to base because of poor weather: visibility 3-4 km, ceiling 1,500 feet.
    On 15 September 2001, at 7:37, its wreck was found on Ryoujusen mountain, about 5 km north of the Kanmon Oohashi bridge.
    Its three crew: instructor Lieutenant Mori Yoshiyuki (34) and student Petty Officer Third Class Ogura Keishi (20) were killed, student Petty Officer Third Class Soejima Daisuke (21) was heavily wounded.

    25 June 2001:
    About 10:55, a JASDF F-4EJ Kai accidentally fired its cannon. While launching rockets in the Shimamatsu Firing Range northwest of Chitose City, Hokkaidou, the cannon fired almost 200 practice rounds.
    Some rounds landed outside the firing range, and hit Kitahiroshima City.

    14 February 2001:
    About 18:17, a JGSDF AH-1S, number 73463, and a JGSDF OH-6D, number 31260, collided, near the Anesaki Sodegaura IC (interchange) of the Tateyama highway in Amouda, Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture.
    Both belonged to the 4th Tai Sensha Helicopter Tai.
    The OH-6D crashed.
    Its two crew were killed: pilot Lieutenant Colonel Takaogi Yasunori and Master Sergeant Shimodate Satoshi.
    The AH-1S returned to Kisaradu Base. Its front, cannon, and canopy were damaged.
    About 17:00, the OH-6D took off from Kisaradu Base, and planned to fly to Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, then return to Kisaradu Base, then fly to Asaka City, Saitama Prefecture. But because Odawara was foggy, it first flew to Asaka City, then landed at Kisaradu Base. It took off and was flying towards Yotsukaidou City, when it collided with an AH-1S that completed its training sortie.
    Local weather near Kisaradu City was ceiling 800 m, visibility above 10 km.

    28 June 2000:
    In the afternoon, a JASDF C-1 crashed, about 50 km north-northwest of Oki Island, during a test flight after a scheduled maintenance.
    Its five crew were killed.

    On 16 March 2001, the JASDF accident report concluded it was near its stall speed and checking its mechanical operation when it lost its posture and could not recover.
    The recovered wreck and parts had no aberration. Weather was no problem.
    According to the test flight check list and radar data, the aircraft was at height 4,000 m and speed 210 km/h, to check its stall warning system. Its nose was at above 10 degrees angle before it lost its posture.

    22 November 1999:
    In the afternoon, a JASDF T-33A crashed, on a flood plain of the Irumagawa river, near Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture.
    It belonged to the Koukuu Soutai Shireibu Hikoutai (Air Defence Command Headquarters Flight Group), based at Iruma AB.
    About 13:43, it was returning to base, after a flight to maintain the pilot's proficiency.
    The crew reported smoke in the aircraft and announced they would bail out, but it crashed about 1.6 miles north of the north end of the runway at Iruma AB.
    While it was preparing to land and at low thrust, the fuel hose, or the fitting that connected the fuel hose, leaked fuel. The fuel caught fire near the fuel control unit, and heated and melted the unit. This cut the fuel supply to the engine, and it lost thrust.
    To avoid crashing the aircraft into a dense residential area, the crew remained in the aircraft until it reached a height and speed that were not appropriate for safe ejection. When they ejected, they did not survive.

    On 26 April 2000, the JASDF accident report concluded the cost to enhance the T-33A and resume its flight status would be unpractical, and decided to retire the T-33A.

    (Sigh. One of these days, I'll combine these separate lists that I'm cross-posting for a female friend.)

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    ] 27 September 1977:
    ] An US RF-4B crashed in Edachou, Midori Ku (now Aoba Ku), Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

    A couple days ago, I was re-reading some circa 1984 mags, and noticed a cartoon movie titled "Papa Mama Bye Bye", about the two kids killed by this USMC RF-4B Phantom II crash, opened in Japanese cinemas on 14 July 1984.

    (The Japanese newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo, on 19 September 2004, had an article at
    http://www.ryukyushimpo.co.jp/news01/today/040919b.html
    about a woman, Shiiba Etsuko, who on 13 August 2004, visited the site of the CH-53D crash in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture. She was a victim of the USMC RF-4B crash.

    On 27 September 1977, an USMC RF-4B took off from Atsugi AB, Kanagawa Prefecture, had an engine fire, and crashed.
    In the burning residential area, nine persons were heavily wounded. Two children died the next day. Four years later, the two children's mother, still under medical treatment, also died.)

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    Unhappy [Accident Report Update] USMC accident on 27 September 1977 in Japan

    ] On 27 September 1977, an USMC RF-4B took off from Atsugi
    ] AB, Kanagawa Prefecture, had an engine fire, and crashed.
    ] In the burning residential area, nine persons were heavily
    ] wounded. Two children died the next day. Four years later,
    ] the two children's

    Still curious about the details of this accident in Japan, I researched some more.

    http://www.cityfujisawa.ne.jp/~t.a.a...mamabyebye.htm
    has an overview of the accident, and a photo of the statue of the three victims (mother Hayashi Kazue and her two sons Hayashi Yuuichirou and Hayashi Yasuhiro) in the Minato no Mieru Oka Kouen park in Yamate Ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

    On 27 September 1977 (Shouwa 52), about 13:17, an USMC RF-4B fighter took off from Atsugi AB. It belonged to a squadron based at Iwakuni AB.

    About 13:20, it was on its way to the USS Midway in the Sagami Bay, when its left engine caught fire. Its two crew ejected, and it crashed in Eda Chou, Midori Ku (now Aoba Ku), about 15 km northwest of downtown Yokohama City.

    About 2 km from the crash site, the Yokohama City Kurogane Primary School was having a sports day. The teachers, students, and parents witnessed the crash, and aborted the sports day.

    The crashed fighter and its fuel set fire to the houses and parks in the residential area.

    The JMSDF at Atsugi AB scrambled a SAR helicopter. 10 minutes after the accident, the SAR helicopter arrived at the crash site, recovered the two crew, who weren't wounded, and returned to base. The JSDF and the US military didn't notify the fire department.

    Workers from a nearby construction site and ambulances summoned by local residents rescued and delivered nine wounded persons to the Aobadai Hospital and the Shouwa University Fujigaoka Hospital.

    The US military who consequently came to the crash site did not help to search and rescue the wounded. Instead, they barricaded the crash site from even the Kanagawa prefectural police, while they removed the wreck and debris.

    At the Aobadai Hospital, Yuuichirou (DOB 24 August 1974) passed away at 00:50. He was three. Yasuhiro (DOB 28 March 1976) passed away at 04:30. He was one.

    At the Shouwa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Kazue was 26. 80% of her body was burnt. She upheld her will to live when she was told her sons were being treated at another hospital. She learnt their deaths only one year and four months after the accident.

    Because of her injury and respiratory illness caused by the burning jet fuel, she was frequently treated at hospitals.

    The Japanese government mostly ignored her repeated protests, considered her a psychiatric patient, and confined her at the National Musashi Clinic.

    On 26 January 1982 (Shouwa 57), during the cold night, about 01:45, she had breathing difficulty again, was not treated, and passed away, four years and four months after the accident. She was 31.

    Besides she and her sons, three others were heavily wounded, and four lightly wounded. Two houses were destroyed, and three damaged.

    The Japanese media mentioned this controversy again after, on 13 August 2004, about 14:15, an USMC CH-53D helicopter crashed and caught fire in the Okinawa International University campus in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture; when the US military kept the Okinawa prefectural police from entering or investigating the crash site.
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    I used to work for the Okinawa Prefectural Governent not long after I left University.

    Actually if you consider the number of flights made out of US bases in Okinawa, their saftey record is pretty good.

    That said, Okinawa and Okinawans in general have never had much love for the US military. For both economic and philosophical reasons, they have long wanted the US military to leave Okinawa. Any crashes, incidents, near misses provides them with an opportunity to demand that US forces leave.

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    ] 25 June 2001:

    The accident investigation report was published on 4 September 2001.

    The Eniwa City official site, in Japanese, at
    http://www.city.eniwa.hokkaido.jp/mm...02/020202.html
    and the Kitahiroshima City official site, in Japanese, at
    http://www.city.kitahiroshima.hokkaido.jp/new/joho1.htm
    have a copy of the accident investigation report, with illustrations and timeline:

    The F-4EJ Kai belonged to the 302nd Hikoutai, 83rd Koukuutai, JASDF.

    The cause was: during maintenance, when an exterior panel on the left wing was replaced, and a drill was used to fasten the rivets on the "nut plate", the drill damaged and short-circuited the wires for the cannon and for the rocket pod. Consequently, activating the rocket pods might activate the cannon.

    At 10:48, it was the first of a flight of four that took off from Chitose AB, Hokkaidou. They arrived in the Shimamatsu firing range, Hokkaidou, and began their training mission.
    The accident aircraft began its rocket pod practice. The first pass, a "dry pass", and the second pass, a "hot pass", were without problem.
    At 10:57, during the third pass, while turning right towards the "base leg" or final approach to target, the crew felt by sound and vibration that the cannon fired.
    At 11:18, it landed at Chitose AB. Post-flight check counted the cannon fired 188 rounds.

    The cannon rounds landed outside the firing range, and hit the Kitahiroshima Rehabili Centre,
    http://www.h-chosonkai.gr.jp/zaidan/...framepage1.htm
    the Sun-Park Sapporo Golf Course,
    http://www.pacificgolf.co.jp/sun-park/index.asp
    and some cars.
    http://www.minsyu.net/news/news010627.htm

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    If body count is what you're after, I think you're better off focusing on the airlines.

    During this period, I think more people were killed in domestic Japanese air crashes than all of the incidents in this thread combined.

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    Unhappy [Accident Report] Military aircraft accidents from 1948 to 2003 in Japan

    In a Japanese (Japan) site, by a committe against the Japan-US Security Treaty and against the Iwakuni AB, at
    http://ww2.enjoy.ne.jp/~hujimoto10/index.html
    is a list of military aircraft accidents at or near Iwakuni AB, from 1948 to 2003, at
    http://ww2.enjoy.ne.jp/~hujimoto10/sab18jiko.htm

    21 May 2003:
    U-36A. Serial number 9202.
    91st Koukuutai, 31st Koukuugun, JMSDF, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    About 11:25, the U-36A, crashed, while practising take off and landing, at Iwakuni AB.
    It landed on its side and caught fire.
    Its four crew were killed: pilot Lieutenant Junior Grade Hasegawa Masanori (27), co-pilot Ensign Miura Masakazu (25), Midshipman Kawabe Gen (52), Petty Officer Third Class Honda Takuto (20).

    At 9:00, it took off, and flew above the Japan Sea until 10:45.
    Then it returned to base and practised take off and landing.
    Local weather was windless, and the aircraft had no mechanical problem.
    The JMSDF concluded the cause as turbulence left by an US-1A that was also practising touch-and-go on the runway, 28 seconds before the accident.

    http://yokohama.cool.ne.jp/fleetcool/news/030521.html

    May 2002:
    EP-3.
    JMSDF, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture..
    Dropped a part. Weight 12 g.

    March 2002:
    CH-53D.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Emergency landed at Hiroshima AP.

    January 2001:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a radar lens desiccant container in Chuugoku Sanchi area.

    December 2000:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a plastic container containing chaff in training area in Chuugoku Sanchi area.

    July 2000:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a radar lens desiccant container in Chuugoku Sanchi area.

    18 April 2000:
    AH-1W.
    USMC, based at Futenma AB, Okinawa.
    Emergency landed at Misaki Town, Ehime Prefecture.

    10 April 2000:
    AH-1W and UH-1N.
    USMC, based at Futenma AB, Okinawa.
    Emergency landed at Futaoi Island, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1999:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Emergency landed at Iwami AP, Shimane Prefecture, because of low fuel.

    4 June 1999:
    AV-8B.
    31st MEU, USMC, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    About 13:10, while taking off, the AV-8B engine had foreign object damage and caught fire, at Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    Pilot ejected.

    1 January 1999:
    Two F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    About 9:59, during in-flight refuelling training, a F/A-18 collided with another F/A-18.
    Rear part of one F/A-18 damaged. It crashed in Tosawan Bay, about 18 km from Yasumachi, Kouchi Prefecture.

    August 1998:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed near a RAAF AB in Australia.
    Pilot missing.

    January 1998:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a plastic container containing chaff.

    July 1997:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a plastic container containing chaff.

    May 1997:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Dropped a part.

    February 1997:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in sea near ROK.
    Two crew missing.

    December 1996:
    EA-6B.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Belly-landed.

    September 1995:
    AV-8B.
    USMC, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in ocean near Okinawa Prefecture.

    October 1994:
    A-6.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed, during low-altitude training, in mountains in Kouchi Prefecture.
    Two crew killed.

    December 1993:
    Helicopter.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed while flying from Iwakuni AB to Zama AB.

    17 December 1993:
    Two F/A-18.
    US military, based at Kadena AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Collided and crashed in ocean near Minami Daitoujima Island, about 360 km east of Okinawa Island, in southeastern Okinawa Prefecture.
    One pilot killed.

    June 1992:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Civilian house window glass damaged by F/A-18 supersonic boom.

    24 October 1997:
    AV-8B.
    12nd (?) Squadron, USMC, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    About 16:00, while taking off, the AV-8B crashed in sea, about 200 m from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Or, about 50-60 m from an Iwakuni fishing association fishing boat (2.2 tons) that was monitoring the AB.
    Pilot ejected and recovered by Mr Hamanaka Toshinobu (who was almost killed by the aircraft) on the boat.

    June 1992:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in Malaysia.
    One pilot killed.

    February 1991:
    U-36A.
    JMSDF.
    Overrun accident.
    Five crew wounded.

    February 1991:
    AV-8B.
    US military.
    Cut a forest industry wire in Totsugawa Village, southern Nara Prefecture.

    January 1990:
    F/A-18.
    US military.
    Near-miss with civilian aircraft.

    January 1990:
    AV-8B.
    US military.
    Crashed in ocean in Okinawa Prefecture.
    One pilot missing.

    June 1989:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Emergency landed in Ooshimachou, probably Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    12 June 1989:
    F/A-18.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in mountains in Nomura Chou, Higashiuwagun County, Ehime Prefecture.

    June 1988:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Emergency landed in Tosashimizu City, Kouchi Prefecture.

    25 June 1988:
    CH-53.
    US military, based at Futenma AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    Crashed in mountains, about 2 km from the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ikata Town, Nishiuwagun County, northwestern Ehime Prefecture.
    It was returning to Futenma AB, from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Seven crew killed.

    April 1987:
    U-3A (?).
    JMSDF.
    Near-miss with ANA aircraft above sea, near Kouchi Prefecture.

    April 1987:
    F-4.
    US military.
    Dropped a missile in mountains in Hiroshima Prefecture.

    1985:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Crashed in a camp site on an island near Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    1985:
    RF-4B.
    US military.
    Caught fire (probably at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture).

    May 1985:
    A-7.
    US military.
    During emergency landing (probably at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture), arrestor wire broke and damaged a civilian office.

    6 May 1985:
    CH-53D.
    462nd Helicopter Squadron, 36th Wing, 1st Group, USMC, based at Futenma AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    While returning from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to Futenma AB, crashed in East China Sea, about 40 km southwest of Tanegashima, or south of Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture.
    17 killed.

    1984:
    A-4M.
    US military.
    Crashed.

    27 February 1984:
    PS-1.
    JMSDF.
    Crashed in sea near Aichi Prefecture.
    12 killed.

    26 April 1983:
    PS-1.
    JMSDF.
    About 17:30, during a low pass at height 100 m, the PS-1 crashed, near the ammo depot in Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    11 killed. Three wounded.

    February 1982:
    OV-10.
    US military.
    Crashed in mountains in Tottori Prefecture.

    February 1982:
    A-6E.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 7.5 km from Yuuchou Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    http://www.yuu.townnet.pref.yamaguchi.jp/

    November 1981:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Emergency landed at a middle school in Ehime Prefecture.

    November 1981:
    A-4M.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1 km from Koujiro, Yuuchou Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    September 1981:
    A-4M.
    US military.
    Crashed in Sakugison (village), Hiroshima Prefecture.
    http://www.hiroshima-cdas.or.jp/sakugi/

    April 1981:
    A-4M.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in ocean near Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.

    February 1980:
    TA-4F.
    US military.
    Left the runway and overturned.
    Two crew killed or wounded.

    February 1980:
    A-4.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in ROK, during ROK-US joint exercise.
    One pilot killed.

    1979:
    Four helicopters.
    US military.
    Emergency landed in Ooshimachou, probably Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    February 1978:
    PS-1.
    Probably JMSDF.
    Crashed in mountains in Kouchi Prefecture.
    13 crew killed.

    February 1978:
    F-4.
    US military.
    Crash-landed at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Four Iwakuni AB workers killed or wounded.

    6 April 1977:
    PS-1.
    JMSDF.
    Crashed in sea, about 2 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    March 1977:
    A-6.
    US military.
    Crashed.
    Two crew killed.

    January 1977:
    A-6A.
    US military, based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Crashed in Philippines.
    Two crew killed.

    December 1976:
    PS-1.
    JMSDF.
    Failed to take off from sea in Bungo Suidou, and drifted.

    December 1976:
    AV-8A.
    USMC.
    Crashed in sea, about 100 m from Asahi Kasei, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    One pilot killed.

    August 1976:
    AV-8A.
    USMC.
    Crashed south of runway at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    February 1975:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Dumped one or more drop tanks.

    February 1975:
    TA-4F.
    US military.
    Crashed about 1.6 km southwest of Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    One pilot killed.

    October 1974:
    F-4.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 3 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    October 1971:
    A-7.
    USMC or USN, based at USS Midway.
    Crashed in sea, about 7 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    September 1971:
    A-4.
    US military.
    Crashed on Monjusan Mountain, in Ooshimachou, probably Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    August 1971:
    A-4.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, near Tosashimizu City, Kouchi Prefecture.

    June 1971:
    A-4.
    US military.
    Crashed in farm field, in Kagawa Prefecture.

    May 1971:
    One attacker and one OV (?) two-engine observation aircraft.
    US military, based at Futenma AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    Collided and crashed in sea, about 2 km from Touwachou Town, Ooshimagun County, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    January 1970:
    Jet aircraft.
    US military.
    Dumped two drop tanks in sea, about 9 km south of Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1967:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Dropped one or more flares in Tajima, Ootake City, probably Hiroshima Prefecture.
    Forest caught fire.

    September 1966:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Dumped to drop tanks in sea, southeast of Himekoshima Island, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    February 1966:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Dropped one or more 25-pound dummy bombs in tennis court, at Teijin Iwakuni Factory, Hinodechou, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    http://www.teijin.co.jp/english/about/about05_04.html

    August 1964:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Emergency landed in Atatajima Island, Ootake City, probably Hiroshima Prefecture.

    January 1963:
    Jet aircraft.
    US military.
    Crashed at Imadugawa River mouth, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    August 1962:
    Jet aircraft.
    US military.
    Dropped chaff in Teijin Iwakuni Factory, Hinodechou, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1962:
    Trainer.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1.6 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    December 1961:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    April 1960:
    Aircraft.
    USMC or USN, based at USS Ranger.
    Crashed on Daishougunyama Mountain, Yuuchou Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    January 1960:
    A-4D.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 0.8 km south of Isekojima Island, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    October 1959:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1 km from Teijin Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    May 1959:
    Jet aircraft.
    US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 4 km north-northeast of Isekojima Island, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    February 1959:
    Aircraft.
    Probably US military.
    Dropped one or more dummy bombs, at Teijin Iwakuni Factory, Hinodechou, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1958:
    Helicopter.
    US military.
    Cut high-tension cables and crashed, south of Atagobashi Bridge, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1958:
    F9E6 (?) fighter.
    US military.
    Crashed in Atatajima Island, Ootake City, probably Hiroshima Prefecture.

    April 1958:
    Helicopter.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 2.5 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    April 1958:
    P5M amphibious patrol aircraft.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 2 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    January 1958:
    F-84.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 2.5 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    October 1957:
    AD6 attacker.
    US military.
    Dropped one or more bombs in Ajina, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1957:
    AD6.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1 km from Teijin Iwakuni Factory, Hinodechou, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    May 1957:
    AD6.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in sea, about 1 km from Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    June 1954:
    Bomber.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in Funo Village, Hiroshima Prefecture.
    http://www.vill.funo.hiroshima.jp/
    One pilot killed.

    August 1951:
    Bomber.
    Probably US military.
    Dropped six 500-pound bombs in Hashirajima Island, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~hasiraj/

    June 1951:
    Small jet aircraft.
    Probably US military.
    Crashed in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Forest caught fire.
    After one month, one person killed (?).

    February 1951:
    Aircraft.
    US military.
    Dropped one or more flares in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    September 1950:
    Medium bomber.
    US military.
    Crashed in Yokoyama, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
    Civilian houses caught fire.
    Three civilians killed. Five wounded.

    January 1948:
    Fighter.
    US military.
    Crashed in Kurumamachi, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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    Exclamation

    The Okinawa Prefecture official site at
    http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/kititaisaku/D-mokuji.html
    has a 401 KB PDF file at
    http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/kititaisaku/DP-08-01.pdf
    that is a long list, or 85 pages, of Japanese military- and US military-related accidents and incidents, including aircraft crashes, from Shouwa 47 (1972) to Heisei 14 (2002).

    Fascinating!
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    Unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Chan
    ] On 27 September 1977, an USMC RF-4B took off from Atsugi
    ] AB, Kanagawa Prefecture, had an engine fire, and crashed.
    Thanks to the book "US Military Aircraft Mishaps 1950 - 2004" by the Dutch Aviation Society / Scramble,
    http://www.scramble.nl/mag/shop/mishaps-main.htm
    http://www.scramble.nl/mag/shop/mish...card-world.htm
    finally found the identities of the RF-4B, and its pilot and RIO:

    RF-4B, RF 611, BuNo 157344.
    VMFP-3, MAG-15, USMC.
    MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/gonavy/atsugi/gonavyNF77.html
    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/gonavy/atsugi.../usmc0702.html
    http://www.web.ms11.net/rf4bphantom/product.htm
    http://www.web.ms11.net/rf4bphantom/sep27.htm
    http://members.aol.com/beak157348/rest_in_peace.htm

    (To DAS/S editors: I hope my pay cheque is in the snail mail.) 8D

    PS: No, the pilot and RIO's names aren't in this post.

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    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...057-kyodo-soci
    reported:

    17 January 2006:
    Explanation plate added to the "Ai no boshi zou" statue in Minato no Mieru Oka Kouen park, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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    [Accident Report] USAF accident on 17 January 2006 in Japan

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000007-ryu-oki
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000002-ryu-oki
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000001-ryu-oki
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00404-yom-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...127-kyodo-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...101-kyodo-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00047-jij-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00044-jij-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00033-san-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000018-ryu-oki
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000016-ryu-oki

    http://www.kadena.af.mil/releases/06bailout0117.htm

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=27476
    http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...E23109,00.html
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...x885&n=3600962
    http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story....MfWyw4TDxnQzxq
    http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?ac...lnews&id=87951
    http://www.news24.com/News24/World/N...864303,00.html
    http://www.redorbit.com/news/general...urce=r_general
    http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0106/294622.html
    http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0106/294607.html
    http://www.woai.com/news/world/story...4-BC0FB3382EC4
    http://www.wpmi.com/news/national/st...2-840F6D330F58
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...C-RSSFeeds0312
    http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/as....ap/index.html
    http://english.people.com.cn/200601/...18_236231.html
    http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jh...rc=rss/topNews
    reported:

    17 January 2006:
    About 10:00, F-15 crashed in Pacific Ocean in Okinawa Prefecture, 70 km east of Uruma City, Ikeijima Island.
    Tail number 498, 44 FS, USAF, based at Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    Pilot ejected and rescued by 31st and 33rd Squadrons HH-60 SAR helicopter after one hour.

    During training sortie in Whiskey 173 training area, about 100 km northeast of Kadena AB.
    Oil slick affecting fishing area. East-west 2 km by north-south 8-9 km.

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    30 June 1959:
    About 10:40, during test flight, an USAF F-100 had fuel leak, and crashed into Miyamori primary school in Ishikawa City, Okinawa Prefecture.
    44th TFS, based at Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    Pilot John Schmitz ejected.
    17 killed, including 11 children. 212 wounded: 156 children, two staff, 54 civilians. School staff were distributing milk to children.
    Three classrooms, one hall, 17 houses destroyed. Two classrooms, eight houses damaged.

    Flying at speed 463 km, height 300 m, when engine fire warning light lit.
    Dumped four 25-pound bombs in ocean southwest of base.
    Avoided the base and urban area, and flew towards hill about two km southwest of Ishikawa City, when engine exploded.
    Pilot bailed out.

    Repaired in May in Taiwan. Returned to and re-repaired at Kadena AB. Crashed during test flight.

    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~lk5k-oosm/news/9906.html
    http://www.coara.or.jp/~yufukiri/draft5.html
    http://www.coara.or.jp/~yufukiri/98j-simen.html
    http://www.nahashuppan.com/catalog/p...2chapter3.html
    http://www.qab.jp/01nw/04-09-01/index5.html
    http://www.qab.jp/01nw/04-06-30/index8.html
    http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~miyamori/
    http://www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/togo/.../miyamori.html
    http://www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/togo/.../johnshum.html
    http://ch.kitaguni.tv/u/6564/2004/
    http://diary5.cgiboy.com/2/henokonik...cgi?y=2004&m=8
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000002-ryu-oki
    http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-...rytopic-1.html

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    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000211-yom-pol

    2006.03.17:
    For the USMC CH-53 that crashed in Okinawa International University, Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, in August 2004: as of end of February 2006, 47 mil Yen is paid to 70 of 77 claims for damage to cars, residential buildings, and university buildings.
    US government to pay for 75% of compensation, Japanese government 25%.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Does anyone know what the *point* of this thread is about?

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    Reading the attrition list is a big part of following aviation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenDragon
    Reading the attrition list is a big part of following aviation.
    I just thought it was a bit morbid. If one wants to learn from accidents the NTSB type sites are better and list causes and sometimes recommendations. Simply listing crashes here in the brief format posted is not much better then a database of poor luck and errors and sad results.

    While crashes are sadly part of aviation - so I guess is rubber necking at car crashes on freeways. In this case I'll keep my eyes on the road and be thankful it's not my name or plane on the database... Just my 2 cents.

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    Just my 2 cents:

    FYI, I began to contribute Northeast Asia news to AFM, and these forurms here, since only 2003 August, when a Hong Kong Government Flying Service helo crashed and its crew bought the farm, and I thought I couldn't allow their names and details to disappear from aviation history. 8(
    Last edited by Don Chan; 25th October 2008 at 03:15.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Angry RF-4B

    ] On 27 September 1977, an USMC RF-4B took off from Atsugi
    ] AB, Kanagawa Prefecture, had an engine fire, and crashed.

    RF-4B-41-MC, RF 611, BuNo 157344.

    The photo at
    http://skywarrior.cool.ne.jp/vmfp-3-2sub.htm
    is reportedly taken when it took off at Runway 01 at Atsugi AB, on 27 September 1977.
    Note white vapour from engine nozzle...
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Thumbs down

    http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/pdf/2004090516M.pdf

    PDF file in Japanese, one page, in the Okinawa Times site, with list and some photos of US military helicopter accidents and crashes in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, from 1972 to 2004.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Chan View Post
    For the USMC CH-53 that crashed in Okinawa International University, Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, in August 2004:
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000006-ryu-oki
    reported:

    30 May 2007, Wednesday:
    The US side refused to reveal the names of the crew of the US military helicopter that crashed into Okinawa International University, in August 2004.
    The three years time limit for aviation dangerous behaviour punishment law violation will expire in August 2007.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Friday, 24 October 2008:
    Cessna 172. N4961R.
    Kadena Aero Club, USAF, based at Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.
    18:35, crashed into cane field, and caught fire. 80 m from Family Mart convenience store, Makiya, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. 300 m southeast of Nago City kindergarten and Nago City primary school. 8 km from Nago City government office.
    Three of four male USAF crew wounded, and delivered to hospital. Aged 24, 28, 30, 45. Pilot (45) had factured left foot.

    One crew claimed flew at low altitude and hit power lines.
    No ground casualty, but 700 families in area had temporary power loss.

    Afternoon, took off at Kadena AB.
    16:24, landed at Amami AP, Amami Ooshima [island], Kagoshima Prefecture.
    17:08, took off at Amami AP. Scheduled to land at Kadena AB, after two hours.
    Before crash, aircraft told control tower that no fuel, and losing power.

    Wreck at crash site examined by fire department, police, US military.
    Kadena AB claimed aircraft was refuelled at Amami AP.
    Amami AP claimed aircraft was not refulled at Amami AP. Kadena Aero Club usually faxed Amami AP about refuelling, before its aircraft arrived. Kadena Aero Club did not fax Amami AP, and this aircraft was not refuelled.

    Aircraft flight distance maximum 1,100 km. Amami to Okinawa, 300 km. If aircraft had full fuel tank, did not need to refuel at Amami AP.
    Prefectural police must have US military consent to detain and examine US military property. US military did not allow prefectural police to detain this wreck.
    25 October, afternoon, US military disassembled wreck and removed to Kadena AB.

    Video news, displaying serial number:
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videone...-ann-soci.html

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00014-mai-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000015-ryu-oki
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00157-jij-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00127-mai-soci
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...00052-yom-soci
    Last edited by Don Chan; 26th October 2008 at 11:28.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    (The Okinawa natives are restless...)

    http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?s...&article=58525

    "Okinawa police question pilot in emergency landing"

    Pacific edition, Saturday, November 1, 2008
    By Natasha Lee and Chiyomi Sumida, Stars and Stripes

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa ? Okinawa police Wednesday questioned the American pilot of a U.S. government-owned Cessna that made an emergency landing Oct. 24 in a sugar cane field in Nago, Okinawa prefectural police said Thursday.

    http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?s...5&archive=true

    "Cessna 'crash' draws complaint
    Nago major says U.S. interfered with probe; flights are suspended"

    Pacific edition, Thursday, October 30, 2008
    By Natasha Lee and Chiyomi Sumida, Stars and Stripes

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa ? The Nago mayor filed a complaint Tuesday with the top U.S. military leader on the island, saying military police interfered with an investigation after a Cessna piloted by Americans made an emergency landing Friday night near a sugar cane field.
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Chan View Post
    (The Okinawa natives are restless...)

    http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?s...&article=58525

    "Okinawa police question pilot in emergency landing"

    Pacific edition, Saturday, November 1, 2008
    By Natasha Lee and Chiyomi Sumida, Stars and Stripes

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa ? Okinawa police Wednesday questioned the American pilot of a U.S. government-owned Cessna that made an emergency landing Oct. 24 in a sugar cane field in Nago, Okinawa prefectural police said Thursday.

    http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?s...5&archive=true

    "Cessna 'crash' draws complaint
    Nago major says U.S. interfered with probe; flights are suspended"

    Pacific edition, Thursday, October 30, 2008
    By Natasha Lee and Chiyomi Sumida, Stars and Stripes

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa ? The Nago mayor filed a complaint Tuesday with the top U.S. military leader on the island, saying military police interfered with an investigation after a Cessna piloted by Americans made an emergency landing Friday night near a sugar cane field.
    of course they're restless.. and all these bases won't serve Tokyo's interests either as Okinawans are beginning to feel more and more that the mainland Japanese harbor some kind of discriminatory policies, which included refusing to acknowledge Okinawans as a separate ethnicity and minority, whitewashing what Japanese commanders did in Okinawa during WWII, and nowadays having nearly 75% of all the American bases concentrated on one tiny island despite the protest of the local people and local government.

    i've said it many times before, if Tokyo wants US bases so badly, put them on the mainland. For the US at least, moving bases to Kyushu would be more convenient for them as it's closer to the Koreas, still a reasonable distance to Taiwan, closer to Russia, and more open spaces in the southern half than an over crowded Okinawa Island that has had strong negative histories of Japanese and US rule over the island.

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    ] of course they're restless..

    Reminds me of a quote that I once read in soc.culture.japan, back in the '90s, probably by a fellow Chinese Netter; and that impressed me so much that I still remember it: "At least now they know how it feels to be occupied by a foreign army."

    ] if Tokyo wants US bases so badly, put them on the mainland.

    Seriously, when I began researching military aircraft accidents (including many non-fatal emergency landings) in Japan since end of WWII, I was amused that a few were RAF.
    ISTR from somewhere that just after WWII, the Brits occupied part of Japan for a very short while?
    You happen to have any idea about for how many years, and at which air bases?
    Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 missing photographs

    http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...irforce/ROKAF/

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