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The Japanese fifth generation fighter F-35A Lightning II sank in the Pacific due to “the loss of orientation in space” pilot, reports Kyodo the statement of the Minister of the Japan self-defense Forces Takashi Ivii.
The defense Minister noted that the found the remains of the pilot lead to the conclusion that he did not attempt to eject from the plane, and orientation in space lost just before the accident. “We believe that it is highly likely that the pilot suffered from vertigo or spatial disorientation and did not know about his condition,” said Ivie.
The Japanese fifth generation fighter F-35A Lightning II disappeared from radar on 9 April at 13:30 Moscow time, while in the waters of the Pacific ocean at 135 kilometers East of the military base in Misawa (Aomori Prefecture). In the air the aircraft spent 28 minutes.
Fighter ruled the 41-year-old pilot had 3.2 thousand flight hours, of which the F-35A Lightning II accounted for only 60 hours. Drowned the car was the first F-35A Lightning II, assembled in Japan at the plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The fighter was delivered on 5 July 2017 and the first flight was made on 12 July of the same year.
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