Pilot error may have caused Japanese fighter to crash in Sea of Japan, officials say
TOKYO — Pilot error may have been the cause of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2B fighter crash in the Sea of Japan near Yamaguchi prefecture last week.
The fighter lost speed during a combat exercise, and the pilot was unable to maneuver the jet as it climbed sharply to avoid being tracked by another fighter, according to a JASDF news release issued Wednesday.
An instructor pilot in the rear seat tried unsuccessfully to regain control of the jet, which is a variant of the U.S. F-16. The fighter lost altitude and the pilots ejected the F-2B when it reached the minimum safe altitude for an emergency escape, according to the JASDF statement.
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