RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, Budapest, Hungary
Situation Update NO. 1

April 10th 2019 11:06 AM – Vehicle Accident – VI-20190409-67398-JPN

Base details

EDIS Code: VI-20190409-67398-JPN
Event date: April 9th 2019 04:09 PM
Updated: April 10th 2019 11:06 AM
Category: Vehicle Accident
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
State: Prefecture of Aomori
Settlement:
Location: [About 85 miles east of Misawa city, Pacific Ocean]
Coordinate:
40.7309444,143.0393889 (WGS84 decimal)

Event details

Search and rescue teams found wreckage from a crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan, as efforts to find the missing pilot continued, authorities said on Wednesday. The aircraft, less than one-year-old, was the first F-35 to be assembled in Japan and was aloft for only 28 minutes on Tuesday before contact was lost, a defense official said. The plane had logged a total of 280 hours in the air since its first flight, he added. It is only the second F-35 to crash in the two-decades it has been flying and could reignite concern about the F-35 having only one engine. The incident comes as Lockheed Martin, the F-35 manufacturer, competes for orders in Finland and Switzerland against the twin-engined Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing F/A-18E/F jet. The advanced, single-seat jet was flying in good weather about 135 km (84 miles) east of the Misawa air base in Aomori Prefecture at about 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT) on Tuesday when it disappeared from radar, the Air Self Defense Force said. “We recovered the wreckage and determined it was from the F-35,” a spokesman for the Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said, adding that the pilot of the aircraft was still missing. Eight ships and seven aircraft, including a U.S. Navy P-8 Orion maritime patrol plane, are taking part in search and rescue efforts. The aircraft was at the front of a group of four planes out for training maneuvers when it sent an “aborting practice” signal and then disappeared from the radar, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters. “We’ll need to cooperate with the U.S. forces and I believe arrangements are being made for this,” Iwaya said, adding the priority was on determining the cause of the accident. Japan has a total of 13 F-35s including the one that crashed, which was the fifth delivered to the ASDF, but the first assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, a second ASDF official told Reuters. Japan’s remaining 12 stealth jets are grounded for now, he added.

Affected area: Multi-counties event : Event affected several counties. It can not be more than 50% of the higher-level area (state, province, etc.)


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