NHK reported that a U.S. military F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped a dummy bomb on private land outside a training area in Aomori Prefecture on Wednesday evening. The Ministry of Defense said that it was informed by the U.S. side that an F-16 stationed at Misawa Air Base dropped a guided missile near an air-to-ground gunnery range straddling Misawa City and Rokkasho Village at around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The U.S. forces explained that what dropped from the aircraft was a dummy ordnance with no danger of exploding and that it was later found on private land in Rokkasho near the range. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
The network reported on USFJ’s statement on Twitter, which read: “While conducting training, an F-16 at Misawa released a device 5 kilometers from the Draughon range late Wednesday. The cause of the incident is still under investigation, and USFJ notified GOJ this morning in accordance with all agreements.”