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U.S. military says F-16 jettisoned tanks due to low engine oil pressure

  • December 2, 2021
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NHK reported in its noon news program that concerning the incident on Tuesday in which a Misawa-based F-16 jettisoned two fuel tanks during flight training, the U.S. military told the Misawa city government on Wednesday that the pilot jettisoned the tanks in response to a warning that the engine oil pressure was dropping. The U.S. military also said that the pilot took the action based on the judgment that it would become difficult for the aircraft to continue flying and that he jettisoned the tanks in line with the flight manual and after confirming conditions on the ground. According to the municipal government, the U.S. military also said its flight manuals instruct pilots to jettison fuel tanks over bodies of water or nonresidential areas when they experience engine trouble. The network said the U.S. military has established a committee to investigate the cause of the incident and is making efforts to find the tank that has yet to be located.

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