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U.S. chopper crash in Okinawa last August caused by "human error"

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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.

==Kyodo

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140121/us-chopper-crash-okinawa-last-august-caused-human-erro