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Japan ends search operation for crashed F-35A fighter

04 June 2019
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Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on 4 June that Tokyo has ended a search operation for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft that crashed on 9 April in the Pacific Ocean.

“To determine the exact cause of the incident we conducted thorough search operations in the area where the wreckage was found …. But we have judged that no more findings would come out of the area that can help ascertain the cause of the accident,” he said.

Iwaya also said the JASDF will resume flight operations of its current 12 F-35As, all of which are based at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, once the safety of the aircraft is confirmed.

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