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Kadena town assembly protests accidental firing of training flare

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

KADENA – On Oct. 19, Kadena Town Assembly Speaker Nakandakari Kenei and other assembly members visited the 18th Wing of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in relation to the accidental firing of a training flare by a Kadena-based F-15 fighter jet. The delegation submitted a protest resolution demanding the U.S. military take steps to prevent a similar incident from happening again and stop conducting aerial training in the skies over residential areas.


At the base, Major Raymond P. Geoffroy, head of the public affairs bureau of the 18th Wing, handled the visit.


The town assembly delegation told the base authorities that accidental firings of flares and TFOA (things falling off aircraft) incidents involving flares are happening every three years or so. To the U.S. explanation that the flare firing was caused by “human error,” the town assembly stressed that this incident cannot be settled by simply saying it was caused by human error.


According to Toyama Hitoshi, chairman of the assembly’s special committee on the U.S. military bases, the 18th Wing explained that it carried out a training for pilots after the accident, but it offered no explanation of measures it was taking to prevent the recurrence of a similar incident.

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