A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, with Mount Fuji in the background, Jan. 8, 2019. (YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE)
A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, with Mount Fuji in the background, Jan. 8, 2019. (YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Undisclosed fuel spills at Yokota did not meet reporting criteria, US military says

by Seth Robson and Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Dozens of undisclosed accidents at this U.S. air base in western Tokyo that were exposed by a local media report didn’t meet the threshold for reporting to Japanese authorities, U.S. military officials said.

A list of the accidents, including the fuel spills, at Yokota between 2010 and 2017 was highlighted Wednesday by Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun following a freedom of information request.

The newspaper noted 134 accidents, including 42 spills involving 10 gallons or more of fuel, a spill of 734 gallons of diesel fuel from a tank in February 2012 and a midflight leakage of 2,790 gallons of jet fuel from a C-130 Hercules in September 2016.

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