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Second Marine Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Japan

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopters arrive at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 19, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Alex Kouns)
U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopters arrive at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Dec. 19, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Alex Kouns)

TOKYO — A U.S. military helicopter has made an emergency landing in Japan's Okinawa islands in the second such incident in three days.

Japanese media say a Marine Corps AH-1 attack helicopter with two people aboard landed Monday in a field at a waste disposal site in the town of Yomitan on Okinawa's main island. No injuries were reported.

Public broadcaster NHK reported that the U.S. side told police that a warning light had indicated a problem with the aircraft.

Another Marines Corps helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa on Saturday because its rotor appeared to be spinning too fast.

The incidents inflame local opposition to the large U.S. military presence in Okinawa.

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