Military Helicopter Crash Japan: One Of Four Crew Members Killed In Training Mission From U.S. Marine Corps. Base

By Staff Reporter on August 5, 2013 5:25 PM EDT

Military Helicopter Crash
A Military helicopter crash in southern Japan involved four crew members. Three managed to safely eject from the plummeting military helicopter. However, the condition of the fourth crew member is unknown. (Photo: YouTube)

A Military Helicopter Crash in southern Japan involved four crew members. An HH60 Pave Hawk helicopter flew over the U.S. Marine's Camp Hansen in central Okinawa

The HH60 Pave Hawk helicopter belongs to the Kadena Air Base and was deployed on an unspecified training mission. The cause of the crash is unknown. Video footage showed smoke rising from a forest, presumably where the helicopter landed.

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Initial reports from U.S. Air Force spokeswoman 1st Lt. Hope Cronin did not announce further details regarding the military helicopter crash in Japan during early statements. The U.S. Air force news release said that the condition of the four members inside the military helicopter were unknown.

According to Reuters, the Japanese defense minister said that three of the four people onboard were confirmed to have survived the crash. Three managed to safely eject from the plummeting military helicopter. However, a fourth was injured and brought to a hospital. The condition of the fourth crew member is unknown. Thankfully, no reports of injuries or damage were reported outside the U.S. base.

Specialists are racing to understand what caused the HH60 Pave Hawk military helicopter to crash in Japan. Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy of Japan, Kurt Tong, has exchanged words with North American Affairs Bureau of Foreign Ministry, Koji Tomita, to assure the U.S. will find the cause of the helicopter crash as soon as possible. What's more, U.S. promises additional preventive measures will be put into effect in order to stop more helicopter mishaps from happening.

In 2004, a CH-53 helicopter off Marine Corps Air Station Futenma crashed dangerously close to a nearby university building. The accident caused major outrage from local residents, criticizing the dangers of the local military station.

After nearly a decade without incident, the U.S. and Japan are working hard to handle the incident without causing international tension.

"We knew it was going to happen sooner or later," said Kadena Mayor Hiroshi Toyama.

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