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Crash anniversary triggers new appeals for Futenma to close

Date Posted: 2006-08-11

Two years ago Sunday, a Marine Corps helicopter crashed just outside Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.

The August 13, 2004 mishap when the giant heavy lift chopper rolled out of control on a flight over Ginowan City. It crash landed onto the Okinawa International University campus, striking the administrative building. Nobody was killed, and only the three Marine crewmen aboard the helicopter were injured.

Ginowan has long argued Futenma was dangerous, and should be moved. Plans are being developed for a replacement airfield at Camp Schwab, on the islandís northern reaches, but the move is still years away. Demonstrations are cropping up again, demanding the Futenma facility be closed immediately.

Okinawa International University is still rebuilding its administration building, which was blackened by the helicopter. Japanese Self Defense Forces Okinawa District officials say the Japanese government, which assumed liability for the accident, has paid •140 million in compensation to local residents whose property was damaged in the accident.

Another •23 million was used to inspect the damages, restore electricity and cover miscellaneous expenses. And still, Ginowan wants more. The university is demanding another •245 million compensation for construction work, noting that students at the private university are still using temporary prefabricated buildings while the worst damaged building is being repaired.

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