An AH-1W SuperCobra out of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa, Japan, failed to land properly aboard the amphibious transport dock Denver, according to a report by Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa's largest newspaper. (Wikipedia)
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An AH-1W SuperCobra out of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa, Japan, experienced an equipment malfunction as it was landing aboard the amphibious transport dock Denver.
The helo, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, was conducting a routine night qualification flight off the coast of Okinawa on March 5.
“After making multiple routine landings on the Denver, the right skid and cross tube of the landing gear collapsed,” according to a news release from III Marine Expeditionary Force/ Marine Corps Installations Pacific. “There were no injuries to personnel and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident.”
The Denver later docked at the White Beach Naval Facility on Okinawa, and the SuperCobra was moved to Futenma for further investigation and repair.
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, which includes the Denver, are conducting amphibious integration training off the coast of Okinawa.