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ORAC 10th Nov 2019 06:38

USAF miss range in Japan by 5km
U.S. F-16 drops 230-kg mock bomb on Aomori farmland?The Asahi Shimbun

U.S. F-16 drops 230-kg mock bomb on Aomori farmland

A U.S. F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped a 230-kilogram mock bomb during training over private land near the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture at around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, the Defense Ministry said. The fake bomb landed 5 kilometers from the training site at the base. It did not contain explosives, and no damage was reported.

“Such an incident is a huge concern for surrounding residents and should never happen,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a Nov. 7 news conference. “We urge the U.S. military to provide more information and effective measures to prevent a recurrence.”

According to the ministry, the U.S. military around 8:50 a.m. on Nov. 7 informed Japan’s Tohoku Defense Bureau that the F-16 dropped a mock bomb on a range near the base, which straddles the city of Misawa and the village of Rokkasho in the prefecture. The U.S military later found the mock bomb buried in grass on a private farm about 5 kilometers west of the range. U.S. forces also told the ministry that they will refrain from mock-bomb drop training for the time being.

typerated 10th Nov 2019 07:29

That's harsh - got to be a switch F*** up rather than a bad eyechometer.

That said I have some some monumental misses almost exclusively from the USAF!
And a few target identification issues too.

jolihokistix 10th Nov 2019 08:31

Not going to go into any detail, but that is not the half of the potential story here.

Background Noise 10th Nov 2019 10:09

Only 5Km? - Don't think the USAF have the monopoly on range misdemeanours - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/b...r-1143918.html

jolihokistix 10th Nov 2019 10:33


For those interested in what else is in the vicinity, apart from the innocuous 'private farm', read some of the comments here.

Fonsini 12th Nov 2019 02:30

So they have a bombing range that is only 6,000ish meters from the Rokkasho plutonium reprocessing and storage facility ?!? And they just missed the target...by 5,000 meters ?

Seems like the press has missed the bigger story here.

ORAC 12th Nov 2019 05:50

Not sure what the actual danger would have been if it the practice bomb (I presume inert and the range does not allow live munitions) had hit the plant - or even if the F16 or any aircraft hit it..

Doing some research the plant is built to exceed nuclear reactor containment levels. The building walls are all 1.5 to 2m thick and the waste cells are additionally buried under up to 9m of earth and aggregate. That thickness of wall is designed to absorb the impact of a crashing jet, it should somfortably handle such an impact.

Doubtless some elements of the press will pick up the story and make a near disaster out of it, and the safety design will be ignored.

jolihokistix 12th Nov 2019 07:35

Orac, thanks for the reassurance. :)

And strangely no, it seems that few have shown any interest in this.

PapaDolmio 13th Nov 2019 06:16

ISTR a Jaguar doing something similar at Garvie many years ago?

Tankertrashnav 13th Nov 2019 12:10

5 kms? Pah!. On the NBS course in 1970 I missed a dam in North Yorkshire and "hit" another 9 miles (15 km) away. Still, it clinched my posting to a very happy 6 years on Victor tankers,instead of Vulcan bombers :ok:

ORAC That reminds me of when they set up this 100 mph train smash to prove the integrity of nuclear fuel flasks in the event of a derailment. As I recall the anti-nuclear brigade who were protesting about the movement of this material still weren't satisfied and said that because the flask was angled across the track it somehow invalidated the experiment.

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