MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan – – A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter
belonging to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing was conducting regularly scheduled training when it was forced to
make an emergency landing at a field outside the Northern Training Area due to an inflight fire at
approximately 5:20 pm today. There were no injuries to the crew or civilians as a result of this incident.
Local first responders attended to the incident quickly and extinguished the fire.
The cause of this incident is under investigation and there is limited information at this time. We are
currently working with local and military police to secure the site for follow on investigation and
everyone's safety. Additional details will be released when information is available.