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You never know when something might happen with a helicopter. There are times when something goes wrong with the aircraft like an engine stop, or the pilot suddenly becomes unwell. If not carried out in an area where safety can be assured, the chances of a terrible accident cannot be discounted, and we seem to be in a situation where anything goes so long as the U.S. military calls it training.


Toshiyuki Kusuhara, visiting professor at Daiichi Institute of Technology and a former senior aircraft accident investigator at the Japan Transport Safety Board. He was referring to U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters that have been seen practicing maneuvers at low altitudes over the Shibuya and Roppongi districts of Tokyo.

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No opinion. Just pointing that this is the second article referencing the possible issues of withdrawal of the US from Japan. It seems peculiar that there are no comments since this topic for “Voices in Japan’ was made available since 5:19am today. The ‘silence is deafening’ so, it appears most people would agree with the observations in the referenced quote.

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SH-60 Seahawk has two pilots and two engines with the ability to continue flying on one engine.

Next question?

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Makes sense. Japan is a big country. Practice in depopulated areas.

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The Japanese fly helicopters too through the JSDF. They are brilliant pilots and flying all sorts of missions.

Wtf is wrong with praising that unless you got a bad soybean lodged someplace.

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Nice to see Tokyo getting a taste of what we have to suffer every day in Okinawa.

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While I understand the need for the military to train and at very low altitude (we get a lot of army helicopters practicing around here) but to do so over a heavily built up area in your own country and even more so that of an ally is a disaster waiting to happen. Even the most reliable aircraft can go wrong (and the best of pilots make mistakes) and they do and the lower they are the less chance to do anything about it and a heavily populated area the higher the probability of innocent casualties.

Whoever authorised this was an idiot.

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Yes, that makes not much sense to train with helicopters at low altitudes over highly populated areas of big Japanese cities. A real assignment would be over the water, near Taiwan or South China Sea, the coastal areas there, and similar such.

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Those things are bloody LOUD

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