March 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 10, two large aircrafts believed to be U.S. Air Force special operations aircraft MC-130J were observed flying at low altitudes off the coast of Zamami Island. According to eyewitnesses, the two planes flew west over the inland sea between Zamami Island and the Amuro, Agenashiku, and Gahi Islands located to the south, at around 10:20 a.m.
The two planes were flying above a route frequented by ferries and high-speed boats. Chihiro Hara, 33, a resident of Zamami Island, encountered the scene on her way to go whale watching and shot video footage of one of the planes on her smartphone. Hara said, “Just as we were departing Zamami Port, two aircraft suddenly flew towards us making a loud noise. They were flying at about a height of fewer than 30 meters above sea level.”
（English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)