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Pilot’s Spatial Disorientation The “Likely” Cause Of Last April’s Japanese F-35 Jet Crash

Tuesday, June 11, 2019   (0 Comments)

By David Cenciotti  |  June 11, 2019  |  The Aviationist


The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has published a statement about the loss of a F-35A. According to the report, the pilot likely suffered spatial disorientation before he crashed. Would Auto-GCAS have helped?

On Jun. 10, the JASDF has released a report regarding the crash of the F-35A Lightning II, serialled 79-8705, the first of 13 Japanese F-35s assembled at the Nagoya FACO (Final Assembly and Check-Out), that disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

As you may remember, the aircraft disappeared from a flight of four F-35As at 19:27pm (10:27 GMT) 135km (84 miles) east of Misawa, in north-eastern Japan. And, according to the JASDF analysis, spatial disorientation is likely to be the reason for the crash that caused the death of the 41-year-old pilot Maj. Akinori Hosomi. READ MORE...

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