Air Platforms

Japan, US Navy recover parts of crashed F-35A’s flight data recorder

08 May 2019

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said on 7 May that a Tokyo-led search team has recovered parts of the flight data recorder (FDR) belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft that crashed on 9 April in the Pacific Ocean.

However, the FDR has been severely damaged and key parts of it, including a storage device to record flight time, speed, and altitude data, are still missing, said Iwaya, stressing that the search for the pilot, the rest of the aircraft, and the missing FDR parts will continue.

Iwaya said that a team working from the privately owned deep-sea search vessel Van Gogh , which is being chartered by the US Navy, had retrieved parts of the FDR and canopy “on or after 3 May” on the western Pacific seabed near the presumed crash site.

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