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Two views regarding the recent "helicopter incident"

Chinese chopper 'ignored orders' / Insubordination within navy could heighten possibility of accidents

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A Chinese Navy helicopter likely was ignoring orders from its own mother ship when it flew within 100 meters of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on April 8, according to Defense Ministry sources.

The pilot's actions suggest that orders may not be rigorously followed within the Chinese Navy, and Defense Ministry officials are concerned that such insubordination could increase the possibility of accidents.

According to the sources, the incident occurred when the Chinese fleet was engaged in training exercises from April 7 to Friday. A total of 10 warships and submarines, including guided missile destroyers, traveled from the East China Sea through the Okinawa islands to waters off Okinotorishima island, the southernmost point in Japan, in the western Pacific Ocean.

The MSDF sent two destroyers and a P-3C surveillance aircraft to monitor the activities of the fleet.

On the morning of April 8, the carrier-based helicopter approached an MSDF destroyer when the fleet was practicing the takeoff and landing of its helicopters in the central area of the East China Sea.

When the helicopter took off from a guided missile destroyer, it was about 4,000 meters away from the MSDF destroyer Suzunami. As the chopper flew closer to the Suzunami, the destroyer ordered it several times by radio not to fly any closer to the Japanese destroyers.

However, the helicopter ignored the orders and continued toward the Suzunami. Ultimately the helicopter was only about 90 meters away from the Suzunami at a height of about 30 meters, lower than the destroyer's mast.

On Wednesday, a Chinese Navy helicopter approached an MSDF destroyer south of the Okinawa Island. This time, the helicopter circled around the destroyer Asayuki twice.

A senior Defense Ministry official said it is possible the helicopter ignored the instructions of its fleet in the second case as well.

"If a Chinese helicopter goes out of control and collides with one of our destroyers, anti-Japanese sentiment will flare up in China. We need to establish rules to prevent accidents on the open sea," the official said.
(Apr. 27, 2010)

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