August 12, 2013 Fifth Session
Resolution of Protest
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Commander U.S. Forces Japan
Okinawa Area Coordinator OAFO, U.S. Forces Japan
Commander 18th Wing, U.S. Air Force
At approximately 4:00 PM on August 5, 2013, an HH-60 helicopter from Kadena Air Base crashed within
The crash site is adjacent to Okawa Dam, and in the vicinity are the Okinawa Expressway and communities of
Since the Reversion of Okinawa to
The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly has made numerous requests calling for preventive measures against US military aircraft incidents which have occurred in succession, and for thorough safety measures to be implemented for US Forces’ aircraft. However, just as the flights resumed for the F-15 fighter jets even before a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident was conducted, the US Forces has yet again unilaterally decided to take light of the lives and properties of the prefecture’s citizens. Such actions will not garner the understanding of the people nor will it be tolerated.
To that end, we, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, in our duty to protect the lives, safety and the living environment of the people of
I. Conduct a thorough investigation of the cause of the accident and promptly release the findings to the citizens of the prefecture.
II. Until the investigation into the cause of the incident is complete, and safety and preventive measures are put into effect, suspend all flights of the same model, and conduct safety inspections for all US Forces’ aircraft within
III. Conduct crash impact surveys in the proximity of the site and release the findings.
The above is resolved as stated on this 12th day of August, 2013.