As tensions rise between the United States and China, people on one small island in southwestern Japan are dealing with an unexpected consequence. Residents on Amami-Ohshima say they’re seeing more and more US military aircraft flying low over their city. One expert says it could be part of a broader trend.
The city of Amami received 133 reports of low-altitude flights by the US military in the 12 months through March. That’s nearly six times more than the previous year.
Many are believed to be US Marines’ Ospreys. Residents have recorded video on their smartphones of the tilt-rotor aircraft — which have had a number of serious accidents in the past — flying over residential areas, sometimes after sundown.
“I see Ospreys several times a week. They fly so low that I can clearly see the shape of the aircraft,” says one worker at a gas…