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USFJ manual mentions possibility of serious Osprey accident

  • March 14, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Tokyo Shimbun front-paged remarks by a Japanese Communist Party lawmaker at the Diet committee session yesterday, in which he referred to an alleged USFJ checklist for Osprey crewmembers stationed at MCAS Futenma. According to the politician, the U.S. military manual mentions the possibility of a serious accident caused by problems during aerial refueling operations. The manual also says that because a propeller striking the refueling hose in midair could cause “catastrophic damage,” the hose should be “guillotined” in the event of a refueling accident. In response to the opposition lawmaker’s claim that the shallow water landing made by an Osprey in Okinawa last December was a result of the situation described in this alleged U.S. military document, Defense Minister Inada simply stated: “The ministry is not aware of the existence of the checklist.”   

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