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An Air Self-Defense Force helicopter involved in a near-collision on Wednesday at Naha Airport in Okinawa had taken off against an order by the air traffic controllers to wait, transport ministry sources said.

At about 1:20 p.m., a Boeing 737 operated by All Nippon Airways with 83 passengers and crew was forced to abort takeoff when the ASDF helicopter crossed in front of it.

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