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Russian plane irritates Ginowan City residents

Date Posted: 2005-11-24

The world’s largest transport aircraft, a Soviet built Antonov, paid a Sunday visit to Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, landing amidst higher than average noise levels.

The plane, which carries the largest cargo payload of any in the world, was reportedly bringing heavy lift helicopters to the base. Ginowan officials complain noise levels as it flew over th Ue-Ojana District were nearly 100db.

A larger concern erupted Monday morning after local officials read in a book on the world’s leading aircraft that the Antonov requires a 3,000 meter long runway for safe take offs and landings.

Futenma’s runway is only 2,800 meters long. City officials have issues a protest to the Marine Base, charging the military with incurring even greater dangers to the local population than has been the case in the past with its C-130 aircraft and CH-53 helicopters.

A CH-53 crashed in Ginowan in August 2004 after encountering tail rotor problems. The helicopter crashed onto Okinawa International University campus, with no injuries sustained on the ground. The three Marine crewmen were injured.

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