Flights on Okinawa delayed after a Japanese F-15J jet lost a wheel on runway

Flights on Okinawa delayed after a Japanese F-15J jet lost a wheel on runway

Dozens of flights experienced delays after a wheel came off a Japanese F-15J fighter jet at Naha International Airport on Monday.

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The Japan Self-Defense Forces jet lost a front wheel at about 1:20 p.m., shortly before a planned takeoff, Naha airport officials told the Asahi newspaper.

No injuries were reported.

Officials closed the runway for about two hours, according to Asahi, which led to several commercial flights being delayed, diverted or canceled throughout the afternoon and evening.

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force operates over 150 F-15J air superiority fighters which are manufactured by the Mitsubishi heavy industries.

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