Navy P-8 Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Japan Following Compressor Stall

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Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft, assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, flies over the Pacific Ocean, June 27, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo/Andrew Langholf)

A compressor stall forced the Navy crew of a P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to request an emergency landing at an Air Force base in the Pacific earlier this month, according to a recent Naval Safety Center accident report.

The crew made a precautionary landing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, Navy spokesman Lt. Samuel Boyle said Monday. The news was first reported by Navy Times.

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"There were no injuries and the landing was safe," Boyle said in a statement. The incident is under investigation, he said.

The Safety Center labeled the event as a Class A mishap, a category that includes fatalities, severe damage totaling $2 million or more or a complete loss of the aircraft.

The main mission of the P-8A, which replaced the Navy's P-3C Orion, is to track submarines by dropping buoys that ping, listen and detect.

The intelligence-gathering aircraft is a Boeing-made adaptation of its 737 commercial aircraft.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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