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U.S. military F-15 accidentally deploys flare near Kadena

  • October 2, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Saturday’s Okinawa Times front-paged a report saying that an F-15 fighter jet belonging to Kadena AB accidentally deployed a training flare over the vicinity of the installation at around 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 29, suspecting that the flare could have been deployed over private land. The 18th Wing at Kadena reportedly told the paper that the incident caused no damage or injuries because the flare disintegrated in the sky. The chief of the office of the Okinawa Governor lodged a protest with Col. Ronald D. Schochenmaier, vice commander of the 18th Wing, on Friday over the phone. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the 18th Wing has told the paper that the Kadena base is taking the incident very seriously and will provide appropriate training to its personnel.

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