TOKYO: A US navy helicopter crashed near Tokyo Monday in a failed emergency landing, injuring two of the four men on board, rescuers said.
Television footage showed the grey helicopter on its side on what appeared to be vacant land, with mangled propellors and a snapped tail-end.
The accident came at a sensitive time, with the Japanese public wary over the long-planned but stalled relocation of a US base in southern Okinawa.
Around half of the 47,000 US service personnel in Japan are based on the strategically located island chain, which is nearer to Taiwan than it is to Tokyo.
Accidents, crime and noise associated with the bases make them locally unpopular, although Japanese people as a whole welcome the US defence umbrella they help to provide.
Monday’s crash happened mid-afternoon in Miura city, roughly 60 kilometres (38 miles) south of Tokyo, said a local fire department spokesman.
One crew member told local authorities that the helicopter experienced a transmission problem, national broadcaster NHK said.