New MSDF patrol jets grounded since May
Japan Times -- Jun 21
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has grounded the next-generation mainstay P-1 patrol planes due to engine trouble, Defense Ministry sources said Thursday.

On May 13, a P-1 aircraft developed unstable combustion in some of its four jet engines during a test flight over the Pacific off Aichi Prefecture, after diving to an altitude of 8,000 meters from 10,000 meters, the sources said, without elaborating, except to say the pilot managed to restart the engines before landing.

The MSDF grounded the planes from the following day.

Source: Japan Times
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