Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JASDF Blue Impulse T-4s collide in mid-air (with photos)

Both photos via Sankei Shimbun

Two Kawasaki T-4 trainers of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Flight Demonstration Team have collided in mid-air during a practice on the morning of 29th January. The incident happened in airspace over the Pacific Ocean, approximately 45km (28 miles) southeast of their base at Matsushima. Both aircraft managed to land without incident, with the 3 crew on board uninjured.

Looks like it was glancing blow for both aircraft, with one sustaining a dented nosecone while the other (66-5745) losing most of its port horizontal stabiliser/elevator. Could have been much, much worse...

Thanks for James Simpson for the heads up

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