• Lexi Ponder

Child injured after U.S. helicopter window falls on sports field

A child on the Japanese island of Okinawa was injured after a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter lost its window mid-flight on Dec. 12, 2017. However, according to CNN, the child was not seriously injured. The 10-year-old schoolboy was one of 50 children who were on the sports field at the time. According to Japanese media, there were three US. helicopters flying over the school during the incident.

The U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement that the window was from a CH-53 transport helicopter that fell onto a sports field at an elementary school just outside the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The window weighed 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and measured about 35 by 34 inches (88.9 by 86.4 centimeters).

In the statement, they made sure to mention how serious they are taking this incident, by saying they "are investigating the cause of this incident in close coordination with local authorities." They also included how extremely apologetic they were about the accident and any anxiety brought to the locals and community.

The incident is more likely to anger a lot of the "locals who view the U.S. military footprint in southern Japan as both a pest and a danger," according to CNN. The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the incident was "unacceptable" and urged U.S. forces to minimize their impact on locals. The U.S. Marines have confirmed that the helicopters window did fall on the school's sports ground but have not told how it happened.