Missing Japanese F-35A Likely Crashed

Missing Japanese F-35A Likely Crashed
U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Benjamin W. Stratton

One of the first 13 F-35A stealth jet fighters deployed in Japan was highly likely to have crashed into the sea off Aomori Prefecture on Tuesday evening, leaving the pilot missing, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Wednesday.

A section of the missing fighter's tail was found and retrieved from the sea late Tuesday night about 135 km off the coast of the Air Self-Defense Force's Misawa Air Base in Aomori, a ministry official said.

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