Military

Prosecutors in Japan Drop Charges Against Marine Mechanics

By James T. McKenna | August 13, 2007

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Prosecutors in Okinawa have dropped charges against four U.S. Marine Corps mechanics in connection a 2004 Sikorsky Aircraft CH-53 crash there, according to Stars and Stripes. They said it was within U.S. jurisdiction, not Japan’s, to bring charges against the Marines. A police investigation attributed the Aug. 13, 2004 crash on Okinawa International University to improper maintenance, specifically failure to install a cotter pin in a tail-rotor assembly during routine maintenance. The newspaper quoted Japan’s defense ministry as saying the four Marines were court-martialed for dereliction of duty. In a related development, the U.S. and Japan agreed to change flight patterns from MCAS in Futenma to better avoid densely populated areas. For related news

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