Overseas Network, April 12 - 9 evening, Japans Air Self-Defense Force Sanzawa Base (Aomori Prefecture) an F-35A stealth fighter plane lost contact and fell into the sea when flying over the Pacific Ocean, which is the first F-35A crash in Japan. Japans defense facility Iwata said recently that it would cooperate with the United States to launch an investigation.
According to Kyodo News Agency, Japans Ministry of Defense revealed at a meeting of the General Committee of the House of Representatives on November 11 that the plane had made two emergency landings in 2017 and 2018. Japans defense facility Iwata said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on December 12 that it would investigate whether the crash was related to the emergency landing of the crashed aircraft due to faults in the past two flights, and would work with the US side to advance the investigation.
We must have the cooperation and support of the United States, and we have begun to prepare for coordination in this direction, Iwata said.
According to Iwaya, the search is still underway for the pilot, the third-class aeronautical assistant, to find out the whereabouts of Changli (41 years old). At the same time, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine rescue ship began to search in the water early on the 12th morning in the accident area, he said, as soon as possible to lock (the body) in the location, from past examples, salvage is feasible.
The Japanese government regards the F-35 as the next generation of main fighter aircraft, and plans to deploy a total of 147 aircraft, including 105 F-35A and 42 F-35B which can take off and land vertically at short distances. Iwata said that there is no enough information to change the policy, emphasizing that deployment will proceed as planned.
Japans Defense Ministry said that the F-35A fighter plane fell into the sea around 7:25 p.m. on the 9th, about 135 kilometers east of the base, in parallel with three other fighter planes during training. In the search work so far, a part of the left and right tail wings of the fighter plane has been found late on the 9th night. In addition, the Ministry of Defense has recently recovered a part of the tail wings.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331