Fuel tank jettisoned during training flight
January 24, 2010
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — A 14th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot jettisoned a 300-gallon fuel tank into the Pacific Ocean during a training mission Thursday, according to Misawa officials.
The 14-foot-long, 373-pound tank was empty when it was ditched at 2:45 p.m. about 80 miles northeast of Misawa, according to reports.
Air Force officials could not comment on the reason for the jettison because the incident is under investigation.
The last time a tank was jettisoned at Misawa was Dec. 18, 2007.