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Japan govt plane’s part may have fallen off

  • January 11, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 11:18 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force said on Thursday that a part belonging to one of government aircraft has gone missing. 

According to the ASDF, it is highly likely that the missing part, a metal panel connecting the right wing and an engine, fell from the Boeing 747 jet during a flight. No injury or damage has been confirmed.

As the aircraft is scheduled to be used a reserve plane for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to the Baltic states and East European countries from Friday, the ASDF is hurrying repair work.

 

The aircraft took off from Tokyo’s Haneda airport at noon (3 a.m. GMT) and landed at New Chitose Airport in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido at around 1:10 p.m.

The 38-centimeter-by-20-centimer panel, weighing some 500 grams, was found to be missing during an inspection conducted right after the flight. At Haneda airport, where Japan Airlines <9201> took charge of the plane’s maintenance, an ASDF mechanic visually confirmed that the part was in its correct position.

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