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U.S. fighter jettisons fuel tanks before making emergency landing at Aomori Airport 

  • December 1, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that an F-16 fighter jet belonging to the U.S. Misawa Air Base made an emergency landing at Aomori Airport at around 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday.  According to the Aomori prefectural government, the aircraft jettisoned two fuel tanks before landing. While no injuries were reported, the landing caused the closure of the runway and interrupted several domestic flights. Yomiuri wrote that Misawa Air Base announced on Tuesday that the aircraft jettisoned two fuel tanks over an unpopulated area near Mt. Iwaki. In a front-page report, Asahi quoted Col. Timothy Murphy, the deputy commander of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, as saying that the safety of U.S. service members and local residents is the top priority.   

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