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Japanese F-15DJ Eagle fighter jet loses wheel on Okinawa runway

The Japan Self-Defense Forces F-15DJ Eagle fighter jet lost a front wheel at about 1:20 p.m. on January 30, shortly before a planned takeoff.

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The fighter was unable to take off after its front-wheel tire became detached before it was due to depart together with three other fighters at around 1:20 p.m., according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the airport operator.


The Eagle stuck on the south part of the runway, and the sole runway was closed for 2 hours. No injuries were reported. Many commercial flights were affected by this accident.

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force operates over 150 F-15 fighter jets which are manufactured by the Mitsubishi heavy industries.

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