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Misawa-based F-16 Makes Precautionary Landing at Japanese Airport

January 16, 2019 / HANA KUSUMOTO

An Air Force F-16 fighter jet made a precautionary landing at a Japanese regional airport Monday, according to a Tohoku Defense Bureau spokesman. The incident involving a fighter from Misawa Air Base happened at about 1 p.m., said the spokesman, who spoke on a standard condition of anonymity. The cause of the unscheduled landing was not immediately evident, he said. The F-16 landed at the airport as precautionary procedure since there may have been a problem with the aircraft," he said.No damage or injuries were reported and airport operations were not affected, he said. A maintenance crew from Misawa headed to the airport Monday night but the jet was likely still on the ground Tuesday since there were no reports of it taking off, the spokesman said.