• Compiled From Wire Reports


Two U.S. F-15 fighter planes brushed each other over the sea near Okinawa on Monday, but both returned to base safely and there were no injuries, the U.S. military said.

Both planes, based in Alaska and on a training mission, were damaged in the incident, which took place at around 2:45 p.m. They flew back over water to the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena air base in Okinawa to avoid populated areas, the U.S. military said.

The Kadena base straddles the city of Okinawa and the towns of Kadena and Chatan.

A U.S. Air Force spokeswoman said the cause of the accident was being investigated.

According to a witness report, the upper parts of two vertical tails of one of the planes were clipped off.

The planes landed on the base runway shortly before 3 p.m., according to another witness report.

The mishap may fuel local resentment over the U.S. presence in Okinawa, which has long felt that it bears an unfair burden of hosting U.S. forces.

In August, a U.S. military transport helicopter crashed and burst into flames on the grounds of a university in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, injuring three crew members.

While nobody on the ground was hurt, the accident prompted some 30,000 residents to take part in an antibase rally.

Airbus emergency

Compiled from AP, Kyodo

The landing gear on a Northwest Airlines jetliner caught fire after an emergency landing Monday in Tokyo, an official said. There were no injuries.

Flight 28 — an Airbus A330 bound for San Francisco — was carrying 210 people, transport ministry spokesman Itsuo Komori said.

The plane took off from Narita International Airport at 3:58 p.m. and shortly afterward the crew reported trouble in one of its two engines, airport and airline officials said.

A left tire emitted smoke as the aircraft touched down at around 4:30 p.m.

The overheated tires began spewing smoke when the plane braked at touchdown, the officials said, adding that the pilot tried but failed to dump fuel over the sea to achieve normal landing weight.

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