Children’s nursery in Japan possibly hit by U.S. helicopter part
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into reports that a Japanese children’s nursery was struck by a cylindrical object that fell from an American military helicopter Thursday morning.
Staff at the nursery in the southern city of Ginowan told a Japanese broadcaster that they heard a loud thud after an object engraved with the letters “US” struck the roof shortly after 10 a.m.
Nursery officials said no one was injured but 61 children and at least 10 staffers were on site. Some of the children were reportedly playing in the yard at the time of the incident.
Helicopters from a nearby U.S. Marine air base often fly over the nursery, according to principal Takehiro Kamiya.
Takehiro Kamiya, the principal of Midorigaoka nursery school in Ginowan, said U.S. helicopters often fly over the nursery.
(Kyodo News/Kyodo News/Sipa USA)
A U.S. Marine spokesperson told the Daily News that American officials are investigating the incident.
“We care deeply about the safety of our friend and neighbors in the communities around which we live and operate,” the spokesperson said in a statement.