An F-2 fighter from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force takes off at Andersen Air Force Base during a past Cope North drill near Guam. (ASHLEIGH BRYANT/U.S. AIR FORCE)
An F-2 fighter from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force takes off at Andersen Air Force Base during a past Cope North drill near Guam. (ASHLEIGH BRYANT/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Pilot error may have caused Japanese fighter to crash in Sea of Japan, officials say

by Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

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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