Woman hurt as horse bolts at USMC chopper noise

08/21/2011
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U.S. Marine Corps helicopter in JapanHIROSHIMA (majirox news) — United States and Japanese military officials are working out a compensation package for a woman who broke her collarbone after falling from a horse that bolted upon hearing the noise of a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) helicopter, Hiroshima Prefectural Government officials said.

Officials said the woman’s case is the first related to a U.S. military aircraft since it began keeping records on military-related accidents associated with the Marine Corps Air Station in neighboring Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture.

The USMC and Chugoku-Shikoku Defense Agency are currently discussing a compensation program for the woman in her 50s whose name has not been released.

Agency and prefectural government officials said the accident occurred at a horse riding club in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima prefecture, in June last year when the low-flying helicopter appeared suddenly and loudly, causing several horses to bolt, including the one from which the woman fell and broke her collarbone.

“The helicopter suddenly appeared out of nowhere and flew over the riding club making this huge noise,” a man who saw the incident said. “It flew low enough to be able to see the faces of the people flying in it.”

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