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U.S. forces admits to low-altitude flights by aircraft from South Korea

Responding to a Japanese Communist Party inquiry, the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station on February 22 acknowledged that unidentified fighter jets that residents in the Chugoku Mountains saw flying at low altitude were U.S. military aircraft based in South Korea.

It was revealed that U.S. fighter jets stationed in Japan and other countries are regularly conducting low-altitude flight exercises in Japan.

An official of the U.S. Iwakuni Base stated that two A-10 ground attack planes stationed in Osan Air Base in South Korea flew on a flight course for U.S. aircraft from the Iwakuni Base without landing on the base, admitting that they violated U.S. military policy.

The A-10 is designed to fly at low-altitude flight for a long time and attack enemy vehicles. Residents in the Chugoku Mountains have been suffering from their heavy noise pollution.
- Akahata, February 23, 2006

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