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South Korean F-35A fighter jet makes emergency ‘belly landing’

According to consultants, the “belly landing” — touching down with touchdown gear retracted — was an unprecedented occasion for the $100 million US-designed stealth fighter now in use or on order by greater than a dozen nations.

“The jet did an emergency landing as the landing gear did not extend. This would mean the jet did the ‘belly landing,'” mentioned a South Korean army official, who wouldn’t affirm whether or not the plane suffered any injury within the incident.

Even if it did, it will display excellent flying abilities by the pilot, whom officers mentioned walked away from the touchdown, based on a South Korean army official.

“A gear-up landing on the F-35 may be quite difficult and dangerous because of the angle of attack the aircraft has on approach to touchdown,” mentioned David Cenciotti, a former Italian air pressure officer and editor of The Aviationist weblog.

“The F-35 lands really fast. It’s not an F-16, 18 or 111,” mentioned Peter Layton, a former Australian air pressure officer now on the Griffith Asia Institute, referring to older, much less subtle army plane than the F-35.

“I’m very surprised the emergency gear down systems didn’t work, or weren’t used,” he mentioned.

Layton additionally expressed shock that the South Korean pilot did not eject, “but clearly they did the right thing,” he mentioned.

An investigation into the incident was underway, South Korean officers mentioned.

South Korea obtained its first US-made F-35 in 2019 as a part of an preliminary order of 40 of the single-engine jets, based on the airplane’s producer, Lockheed Martin.

Versions of the F-35 are additionally flown by the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in addition to US allies and companions together with Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands and Israel. More nations have orders in for the jet.

Tuesday’s accident is the primary for a South Korean F-35, however the jets have been concerned in at the very least eight different incidents, based on information stored by crowdsourced web site F-16.web.

The most up-to-date of these was the loss of a British F-35, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the plane service HMS Queen Elizabeth in November. The pilot ejected safely from that airplane.
In May 2020, the pilot ejected safely when a US Air Force F-35 crashed on landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Air Force attributed the crash to quite a lot of a elements involving the pilot and the airplane’s methods.
In April 2019, a Japanese F-35 crashed into the Pacific Ocean off northern Japan, killing its pilot. The Japanese military blamed that crash on spatial disorientation, “a situation in which a pilot cannot sense correctly the position, attitude, altitude, or the motion of an airplane,” based on the journal Military Medicine.

Lockheed Martin says the F-35 “is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter aircraft in the world, giving pilots an advantage against any adversary and enabling them to execute their mission and come home safe.”

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