Japanese military finds missing parts of a fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific, As stated in an official press release statement, the Japanese military said it had retrieved some parts of the F-35A fighter jet that has earlier crashed into the Pacific while on it’s load to complete it’s training course. No clear statements have been recorded about why this incidence happened. Eventhough they had retrieved parts of the F-35A fighter jet, the Pilot was still missing and the search is currently ongoing.
This calamity left Japan Military grounding its fleet of F-35A fighter jets at Misawa Air Base on Tuesday to first complete the investigations what caused this fatal incident. The Japanese military base on Wednesday confirmed these news.
The warplane, an F-35A, disappeared over the waters of the pacific east of Aomori Prefecture on the northern part of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, on Tuesday.
The Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Wednesday morning that the Four aircraft had been conducting a drill on Tuesday when communications with the F-35 were cut off and the plane disappeared from radar, The missing pilot was the plane’s sole crew member.
The officials; The Japanese military and coast guard and a United States Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft on duty and in charge of the search reported about the missing jet and its pilot. “We will do our utmost to save his life,” Mr. Iwaya said.
Japan’s 12 remaining F-35A jet fighters based at Misawa Air Base in Aomori were grounded and a panel was set up to determine the cause of the crash, Mr. Iwaya added.
The plane took off from Misawa at 6:59 p.m. on Tuesday and contact was lost at 7:27 p.m., the Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Some debris from the plane was found at 9:45 p.m., it said.
The F-35 is one of the most expensive weapons programs in history, with a price tag of $80 million to more than $100 million per plane. While it has seen several technical problems, the crash last year was the first for the United States military in the 17-year history of the program.