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Ospreys make “emergency landings” on Amami Island

  • April 26, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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All national papers except Sankei wrote that two Futenma-based Ospreys made emergency landings at Amami Airport in Kagaoshima on late Wednesday afternoon following the blinking of a warning light in the cockpit of one of the aircraft, which were heading to MCAS Iwakuni at the time. The tilt-rotor planes reportedly took off an hour later for Futenma since on-the-spot inspections detected no malfunctions. No injuries or disruption to airport operations were reported. According to Asahi, Defense Minister Onodera commented on the latest mishap involving Futenma-based Ospreys by saying: “It is important to ensure flight safety. When meeting with Secretary of Defense Mattis a week ago, I asked him to take measures to ensure the safety of aircraft operations.”

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