Investigation on the collision of two US military aircraft in Japan: insufficient pilots training

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 Investigation on the collision of two US military aircraft in Japan: insufficient pilots training


BEIJING, Sept. 24, according to Japanese media reports, in December 2018, a KC-130 air tanker and a FA-18 fighter aircraft collided in Japan, resulting in one death and five missing. Recently, U.S. military sources revealed that the FA-18 pilots did not receive sufficient training for night air refueling.

On December 6, 2018, a KC-130 air tanker and a FA-18 fighter crashed over the Pacific Ocean near Kochi Prefecture, Japan, killing one person and missing five.

On September 24, 2019, U.S. military officials said that the direct cause of the accident, the U.S. Marine Corps concluded that the pilot of FA-18 had lost correct judgment on the airplanes height and posture, which led to the collision between the aircraft and KC-130.

It is alleged that the FA-18 pilots did not receive enough aerial refueling training, but the instructor agreed to carry out aerial refueling at night, and the armys superiors did not find that their training was inadequate. It is reported that the US Marine Corps will thoroughly conduct safety management and training in order to prevent such a situation from happening again.

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