A US Marine Corps F-35B had an unfortunate face-planting incident in Japan, after a mechanical failure led to the plane’s nose eating pavement.
The incident took place on Thursday at Kadena AIr Base, when a Marine Corps F-35B fighter’s landing gear malfunctioned on the runway.
The incident was captured on film from several angles, due in part by Japan’s enthusiastic plane-watching community.
The F-35 in question made an emergency landing “due to a suspected electrical issue,” Maj. Roberto Martins, a spokesperson for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, said in a statement.
Normally, the MCAS Miramar-coded F-35B would operate out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, about 600 miles away from Kadena.
According to Task and Purpose, the nose is a sensitive spot to take damage due to it being where the aircraft’s radar and many sensors are located.
The pilot of the aircraft and surrounding ground crew suffered no injuries from the mishap.
Nose landing gear of F-35 fighter jet of the 121st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Collapsed Resulting Nose section hit the ground !— FL360aero (@fl360aero) December 1, 2022
📹 and Report : Hiroto Chikafuji / For FL360aero.#aircraft #aviation #incident #avgeek #safety pic.twitter.com/Ugh9irmkyp
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