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P-8 aircraft involved in “Class A” accident at Kadena AB

  • December 22, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Thursday’s Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times both gave top play to a “Class A” accident involving a P-8 surveillance aircraft at Kadena AB on the morning of Dec. 19, emphasizing that the U.S. military initially called it a “minor mishap.” Local officials reacted strongly to the latest accident, suspecting that together with the recent “crash” of a Futenma-based Osprey and the “belly-landing” of another tilt-rotor plane, it may point to the collapse of the institutional discipline of the U.S. military. They were suspicious that U.S. military authorities may have tried to downplay the magnitude of the accident. 

 

In related stories, the two dailies wrote that a rally will be held this evening in Nago city in protest of the recent Osprey crash, noting that some 2,000 people, including Governor Onaga, are expected to assemble to demand the withdrawal of the tilt-rotor aircraft from MCAS Futenma.  

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