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Demolition begins on OIU wall Marred by 2004 helicopter crash

Date Posted: 2005-07-02

Nearly a year after a US Marine Corps cargo helicopter crash landed onto the campus of Okinawa International University, construction workers have begun the process of erasing the damage.

The CH-46 Sea Stallion lost a critical tail rotor last August 13th, forcing the three-man crew to land the chopper onto the school campus in Ginowan, just outside the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station. The helicopter broke into pieces as it came down, striking a wall of the university administration building. Only the American crewmen were injured; there were no casualties among the Okinawa population.

Work is now under way on the third floor, where holes are being drilled in preparation for scaffolding which will be used in refinishing the exterior. School officials say they donít know how long the project will take, because shifts in weather could cause delays.

Interior demolition is also under way, with areas around the schoolís public affairs section being tackled first.

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