Naha Airport’s runway closed for hours after JASDF F15 wheel tire breaks
January 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On the afternoon of January 30, at Naha Airport, an F-15 belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) got stuck near the southern end of the runway after its nose wheel tire broke. The plane was one of four F-15 Strike Eagle jets taking off to carry out training.
The runway was closed from 1:19 p.m. and commercial flights were not allowed to operate.
According to the Naha Airport office, part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the plane could not move by itself and had to be lifted from the runway.
Commercial flights resumed operations at 3:09 p.m. after the F-15 was removed and the safety of the runway was confirmed.
The Naha Airport office is investigating the impact of the temporary runway closure. However, no injuries were reported.
(English translation by T&CT)
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