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The U.S. military Osprey crash-land off Okinawa, no fatalities

  • Wreckage of a U.S. military MV-22 Osprey is to be seen in the shallow waters off the coast of Nago, Okinawa, southern Japan, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, after his crash-landing. The MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft deployed in Japan and an emergency landing off Okinawa island late Tuesday, but all five members of the crew were safely rescued. (Ryukyu Shimpo/Kyodo News via AP)

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  • Debris of the AMERICAN military MV-22 Osprey is to be seen in the shallow waters off the coast of Nago, Okinawa, southern Japan, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, after his crash-landing. The MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft deployed in Japan and an emergency landing off Okinawa island late Tuesday, but all five members of the crew were safely rescued. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

    (Associated Press)

  • Officers of Okinawa Prefecture of the Police and the AMERICAN military studies of the place where the debris of a U.S. military MV-22 Osprey, in background, was spotted in the shallow waters off the coast of Nago, Okinawa, southern Japan, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, after his crash-landing. The MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft deployed in Japan and an emergency landing off Okinawa island late Tuesday, but all five members of the crew were safely rescued. (Takumi Sato/Kyodo News via AP)

    (Associated Press)

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TOKYO – the U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, but the five crew members were safely rescued.

The us Marine Corps. said Wednesday that a MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft landed in shallow water off Okinawa’s east coast late Tuesday. She said in a statement that the crew members were airlifted to a Navy hospital at the Kadena Air Base for treatment. Japanese defence officials said two of them suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

It also comes a week after a Marine Corps pilot has died after his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed in the west of Japan.

The crash, near Nago City, triggered protests on Okinawa, where anti-U.S. military sentiment is already strong. Many Okinawans were opposed to the deployment of the Osprey on the island as a result of safety concerns after a series of accidents outside Japan, including one in Hawaii last year.

“This is what we all feared might happen one day,” Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, told the japanese NHK public TV away from the scene of the accident. “We can’t life more safe here.”

TV footage on TV showed pieces of a mangled aircraft on the coast.

The Osprey was based on the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The base in a busy residential area in the city center of Okinawa is to be relocated to another location on the east coast of the island called Henoko, in Nago, where the inhabitants oppose the plan, and on Wednesday the crash added to their anger.

The japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada has prompted the U.S. army to suspend Osprey flights until the cause of the accident is known.

Prime minister shinzo Abe told reporters the crash was very unfortunate and said that the safety must be guaranteed.

More than half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan are stationed on Okinawa — less than 1 percent of the Japanese land-mass under the Japan-U.S. security treaty. Many on the island complain about noise, pollution and crime linked to the U.S. military and demanded their burden reduced.

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