Eielson gets radiation-detecting jet

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011

FAIRBANKS — Military officials say an Air Force jet used to track radiation has been temporarily assigned to Eielson Air Force Base in response to the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Air Force spokesman Sgt. James Stewart says the U.S. Pacific Command requested a WC-135 on last week as a “prudent measure to support possible contingencies.”

Stewart says the aircraft will support U.S. humanitarian operations in Japan.

He says the jet’s Eielson stay is temporary.

The nuclear power plant in Japan began experiencing equipment failures and radiation leaks since it was flooded from tsunami waves triggered by the March 11 earthquake off the east coast of Japan.

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