TOKYO, Japan (Oct. 8) – Fortunately no one killed or injured when Japan Air Forces’ F-15 warplane lost it fuel tank as it was nearing a field for landing during a training mission.
|Japan Air Force's F-15 Lost Fuel Tank During Mission |
Reacting promptly Japan Air Force has grounded more than 200 F-15 fighter aircrafts after this unusual incident, BBC reports. It is the second time in three months that officials have suspended F-15 flights.
The plane was also landed safely though after the 155-kg (150lbs) tank, which was empty, and parts of a dummy missile came free and fell from the plane.
In July this year another F-15 fighter jet fell into the East China Sea. The pilot, though supposed killed, is still listed as missing and no cause of the accident has been disclosed yet.
The latest episode took place as Japan is looking forward to replace its aging F-15 fighter aircrafts. Two options are under consideration, US-designed aircraft and the Eurofighter Typhoon, and a deal worth more than $8bn is likely by the end of 2012.