Navy P-8’s nose gear, fuselage damaged in towing accident
TOKYO — A Navy P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft sustained damage after striking a tow truck at Kadena Air Base.
The aircraft was being pulled by the small truck at about 5:45 a.m. Monday for normal maintenance when the incident occurred, Navy officials said Wednesday.
The hit caused minor damage to the aircraft’s nose gear and lower fuselage, a Navy statement said.
“There were no injuries, and the investigation of this minor incident is ongoing at this time,” the statement said.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the incident was initially labeled a Class A mishap, which U.S. officials could not confirm Wednesday.
The military defines a Class A mishap as an incident involving either $2 million or more in damages, a death or permanent disability. However, preliminary mishap reports can change significantly upon further investigation and damage assessment.
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