US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

F-15 C fighter makes emergency landing without its windshield at Kadena Air Base, and the airplane is towed into a maintenance hangar, at around 11:15 a.m. on March 4.

March 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:34 a.m. March 4, an F-15C assigned to Kadena Air Base made an emergency landing at the base. The windshield of the cockpit had come off the aircraft. It is not known why the windshield fell away during flight training. The aircraft took off from the base at around 9:54 a.m. A spokesperson from the Kadena Air Base said an investigation was being undertaken.

At around 10:30 a.m., emergency vehicles were waiting near the runway, and an F-15C landed at the north runway without its windshield, witnesses said. After the airplane landed, mechanic crews checked its fuselage. At around 11:00, the aircraft was towed into the maintenance hangar.

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government, there has been three accidents involving a windshield falling away from F-15C fighters and 12 cases of parts of the airplane falling away. The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the relevant municipalities, including Kadena Town Office, will protest against the Okinawa Defense Bureau and the U.S. military authority. They will also ask that the U.S. military should take extra measures to prevent accidents.

(English translation by T&CT)

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