Japanese defense officials said that an F-35A stealth fighter, one of the world’s most advanced warplanes, crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on a training exercise on 10 April 2019, Tuesday.
Search and rescue teams have found the wreckage, but said the pilot remains missing.
The aircraft, less than one-year-old, was the first F-35 to be assembled in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The fighter jet was only in the air for 28 minutes before disappearing from the radar, and recorded 280 hours in the air since its first flight.
It is only the second F-35 to crash in the two-decades it has been flying.