Japanese F-35A Fighter Jet Disappears from Radar
Tokyo, April 9 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean Tuesday night, the ASDF said.
A search is under way for the stealth fighter jet, which may have crashed. A major in his 40s was on board the jet.
The jet, together with three other F-35As, took off from the ASDF's Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, for a nighttime training fight around 7 p.m. (10 a.m. GMT).
About 25 minutes later, the jet disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean about 135 kilometers east of the Misawa base. No distress signal has been received.
Thirteen F-35As are deployed at the Misawa base.
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