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WorldJapan's military says pilot disorientation likely cause of F-35 crash in April

07:00  10 june  2019
07:00  10 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F - 35 A stealth fighter jet, which Kyodo says is the same plane that crashed during an exercise on April 9, 2019, is seen at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Japan ’ s first squadron of F - 35 s has just become operational at Misawa, and the government plans to

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Japan's military says pilot disorientation likely cause of F-35 crash in April© Reuters/KYODO A Japan Coast Guard vessel and a U.S. military aircraft conduct rescue and search operations at the site where an Air Self-Defense Force's F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed during an exercise on April 9, 2019, off Aomori prefecture

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's air force on Monday said spatial disorientation likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at more than 1,100 kph (683 mph).

The Lockheed Martin Corp jet disappeared from radar screens during an exercise with three other F-35s over the ocean near northwest Japan on April 9. The 41-year-old pilot was killed.

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TOKYO — The Japanese military said on Wednesday that it had found parts of a fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific on a training exercise, but that the pilot was still missing. The warplane, an F - 35 A, disappeared over the waters east of Aomori Prefecture on the northern part of Honshu

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"It seems highly likely that the pilot was suffering from vertigo and was unaware of his condition," the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) said in a press release.

"The crash was the result of human action, but it doesn't count as pilot error," a JASDF official said at a press briefing. "There is no indication that there was a problem with the aircraft."

But the air force has yet to recover any intact data from the $126 million aircraft's flight data recorder to back its assessment, which is based largely on data and communication received by ground controllers. Debris is spread across the sea floor around 1,500 metres below where the plane crashed.

The pilot gave no indication he was in trouble and did not try to avoid a collision despite advanced instrumentation and a ground proximity warning system that should have alerted him to pull up.

The JASDF didn't find any indication that the pilot had attempted to eject.

His plane, which was less than a year old, crashed 28 minutes after taking off from the Misawa air base in Aomori prefecture.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly)

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