Japanese Pilot Crashed F-35 Stealth Fighter after ‘Spatial Disorientation’
It is greatly likely that a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean did so because the pilot missing “spatial awareness”, administrators said.
In April, the Lockheed Martin aircraft missing from radar screen during a workout.
Some debris and the remains of the 41-year-old pilot have been exposed.
Officers said F-35 flights, which had been stopped, will resume after extra training.
This was the first reported crash involving an F-35A, according to Japan’s Air Self Defense Force (JASDF.
“It seems very likely that the pilot was suffering from vertigo and was uninformed of his condition,” the JASDF said in a press issue.
The plane, which was less than a year old, crashed 28 minutes later taking off from Misawa air base in Aomori prefecture.
Officers believe the aircraft came down at a speed of about 1,100km/h (683mph).
The pilot provided no signal he was in trouble and there is no proof he tried to eject his seat. The air force has not improved any intact data from flight data recorders.