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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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