2 SDF jets bump midair in noninjury accident
NHK -- Nov 03
Two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets came into contact during a training exercise, but the pilots were unharmed.

The ASDF reported that the accident happened shortly before 4 PM Friday about 200 kilometers west of Kyushu.

Both of the F-2 jets involved are based at Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The tailfin of one of them was reportedly damaged. The other sustained damage to its fuel tank and a missile launcher. It was not carrying any missiles.

Both aircraft returned to base around 4:30 PM.

The ASDF added that it had received no reports that any pieces of the jets had fallen off.

The ASDF is interviewing the pilots to determine what caused the accident.

航空自衛隊の戦闘機2機が訓練中に接触した事故で当該機の画像が入ってきました。 2日午後4時ごろ、福岡県の航空自衛隊築城基地に所属するF2戦闘機、2機が九州西方の海上で飛行訓練中に接触しました。
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