Emergency Landings Spotlight Japan's Military Flight Training Woes

Two Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jets made emergency landings at Aomori Airport due to a mechanical problem. This incident is part of a series of mishaps involving Japan's military training flights. Previous incidents include helicopter crashes and a transport aircraft emergency landing, raising concerns about flight safety.

PTI | Tokyo | Updated: 03-06-2024 12:45 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 12:45 IST
Emergency Landings Spotlight Japan's Military Flight Training Woes
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Two Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jets executed emergency landings at a commercial airport in northern Japan on Monday, officials confirmed, with no reported injuries or damage.

The jets, originating from Misawa Air Base, safely landed at Aomori Airport following a mechanical issue in one aircraft that necessitated an emergency landing request, airport representatives stated.

The Air Self-Defence Force has not disclosed specific details or causes for the emergency landing.

Aomori Airport experienced a brief 20-minute runway closure due to the emergency, after which normal operations resumed.

This latest incident adds to a troubling trend of flight training issues within Japan's military. In April, two navy SH-60K Seahawk helicopters collided during a night-time drill, resulting in one fatality and seven missing crew members. Last month, a cockpit window malfunction prompted an emergency landing by a C-2 transport aircraft carrying eight individuals, fortunately without injuries or damage.

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