Crashed F-35A Fighter Had Problems Twice in Past

Society

Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean earlier this week had made two emergency landings after experiencing problems, it was learned Friday.

It has not been determined whether there is any link between the two events and the crash, according to informed sources.

Only one case of trouble has been reported for the 12 other F-35A jets deployed in Japan. The country started deploying the cutting-edge stealth jets in January last year.

All three cases involved jets manufactured in Japan.

According to the Defense Ministry, the crashed jet, the first Japanese-made F-35A unit, made an emergency landing at Nagoya Airport, run by the Aichi prefectural government in central Japan, in June 2017.

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