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New incident in Japan: U.S. F-16 drops bomb onto private property

Christian Fernsby |
The US Air Force will suspend training flights near Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture.

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Topics: JAPAN    U.S.    F-16   

This is in the wake of an incident when F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb, the United States Forces Japan (USFJ) wrote on Twitter.

The dummy bomb, filled with concrete, instead of gunpowder, landed on a meadow about 5 kilometers west of the training site, which straddles the city of Misawa and the village of Rokkasho, according to the Japanese defense officials.

"USFJ takes safety seriously and Misawa has suspended inert drops until further notice," the statement reads. "This incident highlights the importance of realistic training to ensure safety of operations."

Earlier reports said that US F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb outside the zone of training flights. No injuries or damage have been reported. The Japanese authorities have reprimanded Washington, demanding the US make every effort to avoid such incidents.

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