Tokyo (CNN)The sudden crash of a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter into the Pacific Ocean in April this year was likely caused by the “spatial disorientation” of its pilot, the country’s defense minister said Monday.
Japan F-35 fighter crash cause revealed
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force jet, among the world’s most sophisticated aircraft, disappeared from radar while on a training mission with three other F-35s off northern Japan on April 9. There was no indication from the jet’s pilot, Maj. Akinori Hosomi, of any problems with the aircraft before contact was lost.
The Ministry of Defense said Monday that Hosomi, a 41-year-old with 3,200 hours of flight experience, essentially flew the stealth fighter straight into the ocean during the night training mission.