South Korean F-35 pilot is forced to make an emergency ‘belly landing’ after landing gear fails weeks after British plane toppled into the Mediterranean off HMS Queen Elizabeth
A pilot has been forced to make an emergency ‘belly landing’ in a South Korean F-35A fighter jet after suffering a malfunction in the air.
Landing gear on the jet failed to extend but instead of ejecting, the pilot decided to land the £75million US-made craft at an airbase on its belly.
It is the latest in a series of incidents for the stealth fighter after a British F-35 toppled into the sea during a failed takeoff from HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean.
A pilot has been forced to make an emergency ‘belly landing’ in a South Korean F-35A fighter jet after suffering a malfunction in the air. 图为: A South Korean fighter jet lands in Chungju in 2019
The jet has been involved in seven other incidents including a pilot who was forced to eject after a crash on landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The US Air Force said the pilot and plane systems were at fault for the crash.
A Japanese F-35 also crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Japan, which killed its pilot in 2019. Officials blamed the crash on spatial disorientation.
In the latest crash, the first in South Korea, the equipment failed due to electronic issues, a South Korean Air Force spokesman said, forcing the pilot to take the unprecedented action.
A military official refused to confirm if the jet suffered any damage in the incident but the pilot walked away uninjured.
It comes just months after another F-35 jet in the British Armed Forces toppled into the sea during a failed takeoff from HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean Sea
他说: ‘The jet did an emergency landing as the landing gear did not extend. This would mean the jet did the ‘belly landing’.’
作为回应, South Korea has grounded its entire fleet of advanced F-35 fighter jets pending a probe into the dramatic landing.
‘With the investigation under way, the entire (F-35) fleet is suspended from flying,’ a defence ministry official told AFP.
South Korea ordered 40 F-35A variants from its American maker Lockheed Martin in 2014, receiving the first batch five years later.
Republic of Korea Air Force vice chief of staff Shin Ok-chul shared the dramatic details at a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday.
The jet is seen disappearing over the edge of the aircraft carrier and the pilot’s parachute floats into view in leaked footage of the crash
The F-35A was flying at low altitude when the pilot heard bangs, prompting him to check aircraft systems, Shin told lawmakers.
‘All systems had stopped working except flight controls and the engine,’ 他说, adding that the pilot then chose not to eject and decided to attempt a belly landing.
The military sprayed a special foam on the runway at the air force base to prevent an explosion from the friction caused by the plane making contact with the surface at high speed, Shin said.
He said it was the first time a belly landing was attempted in an F-35.
The supersonic F-35 Lightning II is one of the most potent and agile fighters in the world, featuring stealth technology and advanced communications.
Its three variants are designed for a wide variety of missions.
And while its per-unit cost has come down in recent years, it is considered the most expensive weapons system ever developed by the United States.
A US pilot was forced to eject midair after an F-35 jet crashed in South Carolina in 2018, destroying the aircraft
Japan’s Coast Guard searches the wreckage of an F-35 jet after it crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2019
The programme has also been plagued by numerous delays, cost overruns and technical setbacks.
Before the South Korean incident, the jet’s most recent accident involved a British F-35B plunging into the Mediterranean during takeoff from the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in November.
The jet accelerated up the ramp of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck, before the pilot ejected when the plane reached the top.
The incident triggered a frantic underwater race to find the wreckage of the stealth jet and secure the crash site a mile below the surface before Russian divers could get there first.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it is thought that a red plastic rain cover for the jet was accidentally left on and sucked into an engine.
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.’
How the F-35 has been plagued with problems
英国皇家空军新的交付, 美制F-35B闪电II联合攻击战斗机7月 2021 在一个陷入困境的项目中标志着一个罕见的庆祝时刻.
“第五代”’ 战斗机是世界上最昂贵的武器系统, 尽管成本最终稳定在令人瞠目结舌的 4060 亿美元.
Manufacturer Lockheed-Martin agreed to cap costs after US President Donald Trump criticised the project and even tweeted support for a rival aircraft.
英国目前正在启动一项 91 亿英镑的购买计划 48 F-35 的, 来自美国航空巨头洛克希德马丁公司, 通过 2025.
6 月，首批四架 F-35B 闪电 II 飞机中的一架抵达诺福克的马勒姆皇家空军基地 6, 2018
美国通过提供制造和投入，诱使北约和其他盟国分担飞机的成本。 15 每架飞机的百分比都由英国公司的零件组成，而一些喷气式飞机将在意大利制造.
今年交付的英国飞机的真实成本估计每架超过 1.5 亿英镑，以支付“额外费用”’ 例如软件升级和备件.
负责飞机运营所必需的计算机网络的部门没有帮助解决这些问题，今年需要节省 4 亿英镑.
到目前为止，国防部拒绝向英国提供购买 F-35 的估计成本, 除了提到使用 91 亿英镑数字的国家审计署.
尽管 F-35 的成本一直是关注的焦点, 也有令人尴尬的报道称美国出现了操作缺陷.
在一场模拟空战中 2015, 尖端飞机被老一代的 F-16 击败, 1970 年代设计的飞机.
在 2020 五角大楼测试发现 276 喷气式战斗系统的不同故障.
它们包括过度振动的 25 毫米加农炮和飞机“虚拟现实”的问题’ 头盔
美国空军在调查氧气供应问题时暂时停飞了数十架 F-35 隐形战斗机.
海军陆战队, 他们也操作英国购买的相同 F-35B 型号, 在计算机系统中发现缺陷后被迫停飞.