Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing
Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country's defence minister said Wednesday.
There was no word yet on the fate of the one pilot on board the jet, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said.
It was the first reported case of a crash by an F-35A, according to Japan's Air Self-Defence Force.
"We have collected part of its tail" in search operations at sea with planes and vessels, Iwaya told reporters.
"We believe it crashed," he added.
The fighter jet went missing around 7:30 pm (1030 GMT) Tuesday as it was flying some 135 kilometres (85 miles) east of Misawa, northeastern Japan, on a training mission.
The plane lost contact about 30 minutes after taking off from Misawa Air Base with three other aircraft.
Japan's air force announced a commission late Tuesday to study the cause of the accident.
But it was still not clear exactly what happened to the plane by late Wednesday afternoon, a Japanese air force official told AFP.
US defence contractor Lockheed Martin touts the high-tech fighter as "virtually undetectable" and says it allows the US and its allies to dominate the skies with its "unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness."
Japan is deploying F-35As, each of which costs more than 10 billion yen ($90 million), to replace its ageing F-4 fighters.
The jet was one of 13 F-35As deployed at the base, according to the defence ministry.
The remaining 12 F-35A fighters have been grounded for the time being, the ministry said.
"Until we find out exactly what happened, it would be difficult for us to have those planes fly again," the air force official told AFP.
US military forces said they were helping the search-and-rescue effort.
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speakeasy14 hours ago
They need to find it and recover it in order to find out what went wrong. I hope the pilot is found ok.
Frank16 hours ago
Why does the Pentagon have such a woody for Lockheed Martin. F22? had/has issues. F35 major issues.Whats up with that?
EES17 hours ago
I bet the Chinese or the Russians would like a chuck of that debris for analysis!
John14 hours ago
If four fighters are on that training mission and one goes down, the other three have no idea of what may have occurred ?
Jack Coyote15 hours ago
The single engine design almost guarantees this will an ongoing problem.
Hammer17 hours ago
Well if you found a piece of the tail, I'm pretty sure that it means it crashed. I seriously doubt a day later it is still flying around with half a tail on. Just my opinion!!
Rene14 hours ago
Praying for the survival of the Japanese pilot ..
Michael14 hours ago
Don't the pilots have radio transmitters they can activate after ejecting? and flotation devices? I thought those were standard
George17 hours ago
Disappeared off the radar? Shouldn't it have not been on the radar in the first place?
Maxcrusader16 hours ago
And just like that, $100 million down the drink.
Couch Potato17 hours ago
Boeing plane crashes and then Lockheed plane crashes.
Richard7 hours ago
Not to sound too cold, but I'm glad the plane did not fall into enemy hands. Hope the pilot will be found unharmed. And don't sell these birds to Turkey. TYhey are playing both sides.
Jim17 hours ago
"...and its radar track disappeared." What radar track? Isn't this plane supposed to be virtually invisible to radar?
Ryan6 hours ago
Probably not pilot error since the pilot requested to abort the exercise.
Johnny17 hours ago
How did it have a radar track to begin with? I thought these were supposed to be invisible to radar.
ATX CF16 hours ago
A stealth fighter disappeared off the radar? It seems that stealth fighters should not be on the radar or they are not stealth.
Robert17 hours ago
Must not be that invisible if they were tracking it with radar.
Coach17 hours ago
I hope they already had paid us for it.
Scott17 hours ago
Hope pilot is ok
John17 hours ago
Perhaps they shouldn't have blabbed this to the world before locating the plane...
warhrse13 hours ago
feel for the pilot
Tough7 hours ago
I don’t think Turkey wants this.
Hanbin15 hours ago
i guess the plane truly went on a stealth mode
Gary16 hours ago
Ok...#1 why is on radar...stealth fighter #2 planes cannot fly without a tail section. Hence when a tail section is found it's a safe bet the plane crashed.
JosephM16 hours ago
that plane is/was a complete waste of money
mark11 hours ago
Did this plane have some of the same components of the 737B ?
Jack7 hours ago
Not very stealthy is it if ti was tracked by radar until it crashed.
V L15 hours ago
not the first Japanese pilot to crash into the Pacific ocean...
Sushi Koi2 hours ago
The pilot is found in J-20 research center, drinking sake.
Alex6 hours ago
The pilot inherited the stealthy properties from the plane.
Kol17 hours ago
did Boeing make that Jet?