Heavily damaged flight data recorder of the crashed Japanese F-35 fighter jet with its storage medium missing had been recovered by the deep sea search vessel Van Gogh along with a piece from the canopy since Friday, Defence Minister Iwaya told a press conference today.
The defense minister said the Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) will continue its operation with United States military support to recover the debris of single-seat stealth jet. The aircraft's pilot still remains missing.
The F-35A went down April 9 off Aomori Prefecture in northeastern Japan during an ASDF night exercise, after taking off from Misawa Air Base in the prefecture. The jet simply vanished from radar screens without giving any distress signal.
The search operation is being conducted by a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel, a deep-sea research ship owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and the Van Gogh.
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday that the debris of a flight data recorder from a crashed Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A had been recovered from the Pacific seabed but the storage medium was missing.
The Japanese F-35A stealth jet, which is missing since April 9 was involved in seven emergency landing incidents prior to the crash along with four other F-35s out of 13 in service with the Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF). The first accident took place on April 9 when one of the fighters crashed into the Pacific during a routine anti-fighter combat training with three other F-35A jets
The Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter that crashed during routine training exercise reportedly failed to send distress signal before it plunged into the Pacific, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) said Thursday. The single-seat $126 million jet had a system that would have emitted emergency alert if the pilot ejected from the cockpit with a parachute, the ASDF was quoted as saying by Japan Times
A section from the tail of the Japanese F-35A stealth fighter that disappeared on Tuesday has been recovered in searches in the Pacific Ocean and the jet is confirmed to have crashed with the pilot missing, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Wednesday. The jet belonged to the countrys Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF)
A Japanese F-35A stealth fighter belonging to the country's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) disappeared from radar screens flying over the Pacific Ocean, off Aomori Prefecture during a routine flight training, on Tuesday. The fighter was one of the first 13 F-35A aircraft deployed in Japan
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