The US Marines have suspended flights of all Osprey military aircraft in Japan, after a crash off the Coast of Okinawa Island. This incident happened on Tuesday night and five crew members onboard were injured It stoked immediate anger among locals,
some of whom have previously complained about the US military bases and the Osprey aircraft’s safety record. It combines helicopter and aeroplane capabilities and has been involved in accidents worldwide. The most recent crash was in Hawaii in May last year, in which two US Marines died.
2. 75 year old Japanese tourist dies at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
An elderly Japanese woman has died while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, in the fourth tourist death at the Australian attraction in a month. The 75-year-old was pulled from the water on Tuesday at Moore Reef, about 45km (30 miles) from Cairns. The woman, who had been snorkelling with a tour group, was given CPR but could not be revived. Last month saw the deaths of two French tourists in their 70s and a 60-year-old British scuba diver. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said there were 10 deaths in total at the reef this year, double the marine tourism industry average. It quoted the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators as saying that most of the victims were elderly and had pre-existing medical conditions. A spokesman said Wednesday they were considering regulation tweaks following the latest incident involving the Japanese woman, such as making visitors over a certain age acknowledge the risks associated with snorkelling and diving. “While we are very proud of the fact we have the safest snorkelling in the world, we’ve got to sit down and have a really close look at all these events and see if there’s anything we can do,” Col McKenzie said. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, composed of thousands of individual reefs and hundreds of islands along the Queensland coast.