Yokota Air Base community assists pax of diverted commercial aircraft


Several commercial aircraft have diverted to Yokota Air Base from Narita International Airport in Tokyo after it closed in response to an earthquake that hit mainland Japan at 2:50 p.m. local March 11.

Some 11 aircraft have landed at the base and more than 500 passengers have been transported to the base recreation center where food, water and cots are being made available. Volunteers from organizations on base, including the Red Cross and Boy Scouts, are helping to get the passengers settled.

Also, the Red Cross has a website called “Safe and Well” that enables people who register to let family and friends know that they are safe. This website, https://safeandwell.communityos.org, is designed to help make that communication easier.

“The 374th Airlift Wing is prepared and ready to assist during this time of crisis,” said Col. Otto Feather, 374th Airlift Wing commander.

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