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The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday attributed the crash of one of its helicopters in Okinawa last August to "human error," according to a local mayor who was briefed on the accident.
The Air Force's 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base said the HH-60 helicopter was flying over Camp Hansen with a second chopper but a miscommunication between the pilots led the aircraft to nosedive and crash, said Mayor Atsushi Toma of Ginoza village, which hosts part of the camp.
The crash in a mountainous area of the Marines' camp on Aug. 5 killed one of the helicopter's four crew members and stoked local concerns about hosting U.S. military facilities.
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