June 7, 2019
Lieutenant General H. Stacy Clardy, III
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Re: A Lost Part from a CH-53E (Protest)
This memo is pertaining to an incident which occurred on June 4th, where a
piece of blade tape from a CH-53E fell onto Uranishi Junior High School tennis court.
Although the U.S. military on Okinawa explains that blade tape, the fallen
object, poses no threat to people or property, aircraft should not drop any part and there
are concerns that it will impact the flight of aircraft and lead to a major accident.
Also, the object shed onto a school, which should be the safest place for
students, and a window frame fell onto Futenma Daini Elementary School in Ginowan
City in 2017, and another incident occurred at Midorigaoka day care center. Therefore,
it causes great anxiety among the residents of Okinawa and it is extremely regrettable.
Furthermore, the U.S. military on Okinawa states that they are inspecting all
aircraft that have blade tape and will remove or replace any blade tape that is found to
be degraded, however, inspection and recall should have been conducted in the first
place before these kinds of incidents occur and thus, we must say that the maintenance
and management for helicopters in the U.S. military is inadequate.
The Okinawa Prefectural Government strongly protests against this incident
and requests to conduct emergency inspection of all aircraft and to cease the flight
operation of U.S. military aircraft meanwhile, as well as to fundamentally review the
aircraft maintenance and safety management systems.
Governor of Okinawa Prefecture
Note: This document has been translated from the Japanese original for reference purposes only. In the
event of any discrepancy between this translated document and the Japanese original, the original shall