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Japanese F-35 stealth jet parts found as US destroyer joins in frantic search
Greg Norman By Greg Norman | Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/world/parts-of-missing-japanese-f-35-stealth-jet-found-as-us-destroyer-joins-in-on-search

Some of the parts belonging to a missing Japanese F-35 stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a training flight have been recovered, the country’s defense ministry announced Wednesday, as a U.S. guided-missile destroyer joined in on the frantic search for the rest of the aircraft and its pilot.

The U.S.-made plane vanished from radar Tuesday night shortly after taking off from the Misawa air base with three other F-35As – and experts have warned the loss of the jet could become a major security headache if Russia or China get their hands on the wreckage first.

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force said parts of the jet were found late Tuesday, but the rest of it and its pilot – whom officials say is a man in his 40s – are still missing. It’s also not clear yet what caused the aircraft to plunge into the water.

The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem and a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft are assisting in search and rescue efforts for the missing plane, which authorities say disappeared around 85 miles east of the base.

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MoD monitoring situation after Japanese F-35 stealth jet crashes in Pacific
Rescue and recovery efforts are expected to be difficult as the aircraft went down over deep water.
Wednesday 10 April 2019 14:46, UK

https://news.sky.com/story/pilot-missing-after-japanese-f-35-stealth-jet-crashes-over-pacific-ocean-11689439

The Ministry of Defence says it is closely monitoring the latest developments after a Japanese F-35 stealth jet crashed in the Pacific.

The pilot is missing after the plane disappeared from radar on Tuesday night, 84 miles (135km) from the Misawa air base in the north of the country.

Wreckage has already been found after the incident - only the second crash in the plane's history.

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Japanese F-35 crashes. Now the search is on for wreckage and reasons
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By Brad Lendon, CNN

Updated 3:47 AM ET, Wed April 10, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/asia/japan-f-35-stealth-fighter-missing-intl/index.html

Hong Kong (CNN)A Japanese F-35 fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, raising questions about reliability and security of the most expensive weapons system ever made.

The stealth jet disappeared from radar minutes into a training mission from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. Defense officials said its pilot signaled the need to abort the mission shortly before the plane was lost.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said debris from the plane, parts of its two tail fins, was found early Wednesday.

Japanese and US planes and ships, including a US guided-missile destroyer, were continuing to search for the pilot, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said, adding that the unnamed aviator was a male in his 40s with more than 3,200 hours of flying experience.

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Daunting salvage task awaits Japanese F-35 investigators baffled by crash
Tim Kelly

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-f35/daunting-salvage-task-awaits-japanese-f-35-investigators-baffled-by-crash-idUSKCN1RN1BE

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two days after one of Japan’s F-35 stealth fighters plunged into the Pacific and no closer to finding out why it happened, investigators face a daunting task to recover what remains of the highly classified jet from the ocean depths.

Air Self Defense Force (ASDF) investigators have found small sections of the F-35’s wing floating in the sea which suggests the advanced aircraft hit the water, but not why it disappeared from radar screens without warning.

“We have not recovered anything that would point to a cause,” an air force official told Reuters as the search continues for the missing pilot.

The remaining wreckage of the $126 million fighter lies at a depth of around 1,500 meters (4922 ft), including the flight data recorder which would shed light on what happened off the coast of northern Japan on Wednesday evening.

Twenty-eight minutes after taking off with three other F-35s from Misawa air base in Aomori prefecture on a night training flight, the jet vanished from military radar at about 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT), the ASDF said.

The normally stealthy Lockheed Martin jet is fitted with a transponder that pings its position and can be configured to light up on radar scopes during training flights, the air force official said.

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Japan finds parts of crashed F-35 fighter jet
7th May 2019 - 10:45 GMT

Experts say Japan and the US are keen to prevent debris from the plane being recovered by Russia or China, with Iwaya admitting last month there were ‘a significant amount of secrets that need to be protected’ on board.

Some debris, including a part of the flight data recorder, were recovered ‘on or after May 3’, Iwaya said, adding: ‘The Defence Ministry is studying (the parts), but at this point, the all-important memory (of the flight data recorder) has not been recovered.’

The fighter jet went missing on 9 April while flying 135km (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.

It was the first reported case of a crash by an F-35A, according to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Japanese and US search crews have already found the jet's tail.

US and Japanese troops have used data from a Japanese seabed research ship along with a US-chartered special ‘diving support’ vessel for deep-sea operations to pull up the newly discovered parts, Iwaya said.