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U.S. Marine Corps F-35B at Iwakuni damaged by bird strike

  • May 15, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)–A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter deployed at the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, was damaged by a bird strike on May 7, Marine Corps officials in Japan have said. 


According to the initial evaluation conducted by the U.S. military, damage to the cutting-edge fighter jet is estimated to have topped 2 million dollars, an incident that could be placed in the most serious “Class A” category.


Details of the damage are unknown, but the engine may have been affected.


According to the officials, the bird strike occurred during the fighter’s takeoff from the base. The takeoff was canceled, and the aircraft safely moved from the runway with no damage done to facilities of the base. No one was injured in the incident, they said.

The Japanese Defense Ministry is confirming the facts with the U.S. side, officials of the ministry said.


The single-seat, single-engine aircraft has short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities. In 2017, 16 F-35Bs were deployed at Iwakuni.


An F-35B from Iwakuni made an emergency landing at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s Tsuiki base in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in April 2018.

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