Metabaru Air Field


Metabaru Hikōjō
Airport typeMilitary
Operator Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
LocationJGSDF Camp Metabaru, Japan
Elevation AMSL53 ft / 16 m
Coordinates33°19′31″N 130°24′49″E / 33.32528°N 130.41361°E / 33.32528; 130.41361Coordinates: 33°19′31″N 130°24′49″E / 33.32528°N 130.41361°E / 33.32528; 130.41361
RJDM is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 660 2,165 Paved
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Metabaru Air Field (目達原飛行場, Metabaru Hikōjō) (ICAO: RJDM) is a military aerodrome of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). It is located at JGSDF Camp Metabaru (目達原駐屯地, Metabaru Chūtonchi), in Yoshinogari, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

On February 5, 2018 an AH-64D Apache of the JGSDF helicopter based at Metabaru crashed in nearby Kanzaki, Saga. Both crew members were killed in the crash, a local person was injured and a house was destroyed.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ AIS Japan Archived 2016-05-17 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  2. ^ "SDF helicopter crashes, goes up in flames in Saga residential area". Asahi Shimbun. February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Japanese Apache helicopter crashes in residential area of Saga Prefecture". Japan Times. February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "GSDF helicopter had main rotor replaced before crash". Japan Times. February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Onodera mum on Osprey deployment plan in Saga after helicopter crash". Mainichi Shimbun. February 12, 2018. Archived from the original on February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.