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U.S. Air Force F-35A jet makes apparent emergency landing at Okinawa base

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The U.S. Air Force said the jet made a "precautionary landing" at the U.S. Kadena Air Base. But the Kadena town government said it was an "emergency landing," citing an observation by one of its officials who saw two fire trucks on standby either side of the runway when the landing was made.

Typhoon in a teacup!

Anytime any aircraft is forced to make an unscheduled "precautionary" landing at just about any runway in the world, fire engines will be deployed as a precautionary measure.

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But calling it an "emergency landing" helps give the locals something else to protest and complain about, thus boosting the Kadena Town Government's position

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People are allowed to live anywhere in Japan. If the bases bother me very much, I will think about moving to other part of Japan.

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Much ado about nothing.

Firetrucks are dispatched any time an aircraft experiences strange engine or landing gear indications or malfunctions. They're there mostly to check the aircraft's condition and communicate with the pilot about the state of the aircraft as well as help guide it off the runway if necessary, and check for debris left on the runway.

Routine occurrence, happens all over the world every day even at large international airports with commercial planes.

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Not news. But of course local media and Okinawa get on the bandwagon as usual. The JSDF will soon be deploying F-35As and MV-22s. Get over it.

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"But the Kadena town government said it was an "emergency landing," citing an observation by one of its officials who saw two fire trucks on standby either side of the runway when the landing was made."

Yeah, one of their "officials" being an old guy sitting in a chair in an observation deck WAITING for an accident to give his life of complaints purpose, more like. ANd since the last US military aircraft incident, where the chopper crashed and no one died, no less than THREE Japanese choppers have gone down, killing several, including a commercial chopper yesterday with four feared dead. But you never hear the fanatics talk about grounding Japanese military or commercial aircraft despite saying it's about "safety".

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@ Smith, on the money

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The F-35 is the most expensive military-industrial boondoggle ever.

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here we go, wait till they start falling down

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Schopenhauer,

How twisted your view on the Okinawa base issue is as always!

There were several villages in pre-war day Chatan Village that were thoroughly swallowed up into Kadena Air Base while the villagers were herded in camps as civilian prisoners of war. When they were allowed to return home, all they found there was vast, expanded and fenced-off airfields with no trace of their old villages. Reluctantly, the villagers had to settle in near-by areas like Mizugama, Yara and Sunabe. Recently, villagers from the air base-vanished Nosato revived their traditional festival at a new settlement outside the base. You know villages are bonded together strongly through ttheir radition and nativity. Land is an important factor to play here.

So shouldn't your suggestion be the other way round that residents living near the air base move to other places to avoid noise pollution?  No, it's rather the air base that should be relocated somewhere else. Period.

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No need to report anymore it happens all the time so we are getting used to it until...

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The F35A makin da-kine emergency landing is not the issue here.

Ryukyuans plainly just want all the Amerikano bases out of Okinawa which now is aka ' the Crimea of Asia'.

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Ryukyuans plainly just want all the Amerikano bases out of Okinawa which now is aka ' the Crimea of Asia'.

Amerikano? Wrong part of the world for that dialect!

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And who will protect the Americans from themselves?

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@toasted. To protect Americans from themselves will involve imprisoning the NRA, dismantling the arms industry, investing in technology and renewable non-nuclear energy. Free health and education. End to sending weapon systems and bases to over 100 countries. Have a national "hug a neighbor day". Provide clean water and food so future generations avoid the possibility of mutation. Export positive aspects of individual communities to build pride. And don't attack NK or Iran.

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The F-35 is the most expensive military-industrial boondoggle ever.

Look at that! A military aircraft expert right here on little 'ol JT!

And who will protect the Americans from themselves?

Gotta like the efficiency in this post. Skips all commentary of the headline story and goes straight to the anti-US rhetoric. A time saver!

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@Suffagio, Your dead wrong. The F-35 is the start to what is to come. The structure and air-frame is cutting tech. The outside skin of the aircraft (as it is classified) is really cool. Where did you get your facts? Boondoggle great word though. I find your comments over the last months colorful.

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The U.S. government attributed the rise to the fact that Ospreys are used in extremely tough conditions, according to Japanese officials. The officials also played down concerns over the safety of the aircraft itself.

Well, they would, wouldn't they? It's all about money, image and domination.

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