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DM Kishi tells staff to urge U.S. to suspend F-16 flights until safety is confirmed

  • December 1, 2021
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NHK reported that the Ministry of Defense convened an executive meeting today following the incident in which an F-16 fighter jet belonging to the U.S. Misawa Air Base made an emergency landing at Aomori Airport after jettisoning two fuel tanks on Tuesday. According to the network, Defense Minister Kishi ordered his staff to urge the U.S. side to suspend F-16 flights until safety is confirmed and provide sufficient information to the ministry and the local community. Kishi also directed his staff to work closely with the U.S. to collect and analyze information on the incident. The network said State Minister of Defense Oniki was sent to inspect the scene of the incident and an MOD official conveyed to the USFJ commander that the incident was extremely regrettable and asked the U.S. side to investigate the cause and take preventive measures. 

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