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US plane drops bomb in Japan by mistake

Suspended training flights in the area

Today the US military has interrupted some training flights in northern Japan after an F-16 plane accidentally launched an inert bomb. The US aviation has suspended exercises near the Misawa air base in Aomori prefecture, but fortunately no damage, casualties or injuries have been reported. The Japanese authorities have scolded Washington, asking the United States to make every effort to avoid such incidents.

In a note from United States Forces Japan (the set of US military forces located in the "Rising Sun" based at "Yokota Air" about 30 km west of Tokyo), said: "USFJ takes the security and Misawa suspended flights until further notice. This incident highlights the importance of military training to ensure the safety of operations".

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency