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Cause Of Deadly F-35 Japan Crash Blamed On Pilot Loss Of 'Spatial Awareness'
06-11-2019, 07:36 PM,
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Cause Of Deadly F-35 Japan Crash Blamed On Pilot Loss Of 'Spatial Awareness'
Cause Of Deadly F-35 Japan Crash Blamed On Pilot Loss Of 'Spatial Awareness'

<p>Japanese officials have reported that the most likely cause of a deadly F-35 crash was <strong>due to the pilot losing "spatial awareness" </strong>during the April 9 exercise over the Pacific Ocean, reports the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48578178"><em>BBC</em></a>. The jet went lost contact 28 minutes after taking off while flying 84 miles east of Misawa in northeastern Japan, hitting the water at a speed of 683mph according to officials.</p>

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<p>The remains of the 41-year-old pilot have been recovered along with <a href="https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-10/debris-missing-f-35-found-pacific-ocean-japan-says">some debris</a> from the F-35A, while Japan's Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) say that it will resume flights of the costly jet after pilots receive additional training. </p>

<p>"It seems highly likely that the pilot was suffering from vertigo and was unaware of his condition," said the JASDF in a press release, adding that it was unlikely that the crash was due to "technical problems with the aircraft." </p>

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<p>There was also no indication that the pilot - who had around 60 hours of training on the plane - attempted to eject.</p>

<p>According to Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, spacial awareness could "affect any pilot regardless of their experience," adding that vertigo training for pilots would be increased. </p>

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