Tokyo Elec: want military chopper to try again to douse reactor

Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:52pm GMT
 

March 17 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Thursday it wants a military helicopter to try again to pour water on a quake-hit nuclear reactor in northern Japan, after an earlier attempt failed due to high radiation levels.

A Tokyo Electric official said he was not sure whether the Japanese military would make another attempt to cool down the plant using a helicopter, but "We want (the military) to make another attempt on March 17."

Kyodo news agency said earlier, quoting Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, that a helicopter was unable to drop water to cool the reactor probably because of the high radiation.

A massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday crippled cooling functions at the Tokyo Electric's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, making it difficult for the operator to control heat and pressure inside.

(Reporting by Chikafumi Hodo; Editing by Michael Watson)

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